This line is a continuum, so you currently find yourself somewhere on this line. Your position is not static, you can move between the left and right ends of this axis.
On the right you will experience energy, mobility, hope, optimal physical and mental health
, meaning & purpose and a robust immune system
. Here you would feel optimistic, confident and energized you would look good and feel young regardless of your chronological age. In my opinion, this is what it means to thrive.
On the left you would have things like chronic negative emotions like anxiety
, hopelessness, depression
, a victim mindset, physical and mental decay, disability, pain
, disease, premature ageing
and ultimately death.
I am not a medical doctor, but for the purpose of this article I want to say that everything on the left can be referred to as disease or DIS-EASE.
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The underlying common denominator of disease...
Naturally there are many factors that contribute to the onset of disease. Some things may be inherited like genes, your nurture environment and access to resources like nutrition and medical care. This is not a choice but we get handed that at birth. Some of us get dealt a better hand and others get dealt a worse one.
That being said, I like to always focus on what is within my control. In other words how you play the cards that you have been dealt.
The choices you make today will determine where you will find yourself on the wellness continuum tomorrow.
One concept that much of the scientific community agrees on is that most lifestyle related disease has one underlying factor in common: inflammation.
Cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes etc), neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Motorneuron disease etc) and cancer
all start with chronic inflammation in the body. You don’t need a degree in medicine to understand that persistant low level inflammation can lead to premature death.
Accute inflammation is vital for your survival and forms part of the healing process within your body. The inflammatory response is switched on when the sympathetic nervous system is activated.
In layman’s term it is called “fight or flight” and is the nervous system’s response to a possible “threat”. This usually occurs when we are under perceveived stress
Our immune system
is on high alert to repair any tissues that may be damaged and energy is made available to be utilised during the stressfull situation.
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How to tell if you could be affected by Adrenal Fatigue
• You feel tired or weak
• You need coffee to get going
in the mornings…
• Your daily tasks feel like hard work
• You feel like you’re not coping
(it’s all too much)…
• You struggle to concentrate
and don’t finish tasks…
• You feel irritable, anxious or depressed
• Get headaches
• Reduced interest
Feeling run down and drained all the time doesn’t have to be your normal state-of-being.
Unfortunately, it is for millions of people – all over the world – who just can’t seem to keep up anymore.
And there’s a very good explanation for this…
Researchers at numerous institutions, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and Stanford University identified that certain chemicals flick the ‘age switch’ on in people over 50, forcing them to slow down.
These chemicals gradually build up in your bloodstream over time as you age.
Until one day the switch finally flicks causing your metabolism to drag along at snail’s pace, dropping your oxygen levels and dipping your hormones until they’re practically undetectable.
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Whether inflammation is a friend or foe depends on your body’s ability to switch it off when it is no longer needed...
All non-vital bodily functions are put on hold to ensure all resources are made available to deal with the threat. Now the body is in a pro-inflammatory state. In the blood system macrophage, a type of antigen (defense cell), responsible for detecting, engulfing and destroying pathogens (intruder cells), are released.
The macrophage sets the immune response in action leading to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators (hormones and neurotransmitters). These mediators are necessary to protect the body against “intruders”.
This is great in a survival situation that only lasts for a few seconds, acute physical stress
. Then if the threat moves on, inflammation has done its job and is switched off.
This is what happens in a perfect world. In the short term inflammation promotes healing, helps us adapt to external physical stressors and internal pathogens and plays a crucial role in survival.
The problem comes in when there are in fact no physical “intruders” present and the stressor is psychological in nature and it doesn’t move on.
Acute inflammation is protective, chronic inflammation on the other hand is the precursor to many types of disease and an early death.
Whether inflammation is a friend or foe depends on your body’s ability to switch it off when it is no longer needed.