Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Triggers for Inflammation, 2

In addition to lack of optimum nutrition and nutritional deficiencies (e.g., B12, Vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and vitamin C), other factors may trigger inflammation. For example:

  • Some medications (e.g., frequent use of acid blocking medications, overuse of antibiotics)
  • Individual response to stress, especially chronic stressors
  • Environmental toxins (e.g., pesticides, herbicides, food additives, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners)
  • Exposure to toxic metals (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium)
  • History of repeated infections
  • Sedentary habits with a lack of physical exercise
  • Failure to obtain adequate amounts of sleep
These and other factors may actually damage the GI tract and trigger inflammation, which may then spread throughout the body and the brain. Remember, the GI tract is filled with neurons, perhaps as many as are in the brain itself.

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