Inflammation Can Affect Your Mood and Behavior—Who Knew?
It’s no secret that our bodies are affected by what we eat, but did you know that inflammation in our body can also affect our mood and behavior? You’ve heard of the gut-brain connection, right? Well, turns out there’s more to it than just being mindful of what you put in your mouth. Let’s take a look at how inflammation affects us on an emotional level.

What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a bodily response to injury or infection. It helps protect your body from harm by releasing white blood cells, hormones, and other substances to heal the area that needs attention. This inflammation can be visible in many forms such as redness, swelling, pain and heat in the area of the injury or infection. However, this type of inflammation isn't always visible; it can be present without any visible symptoms at all - known as "silent" inflammation.

How Inflammation Affects Us Emotionally
The physical effects of silent inflammation are not limited to the physical realm; it can have a profound effect on our emotions as well. Studies have shown that chronic silent inflammation (inflammation that has been present for a long time) can cause changes in brain chemistry which may lead to depression, anxiety and other emotional issues. Silent inflammation has also been linked to memory problems and dementia in older adults. Additionally, studies have found links between silent inflammation and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Gut-Brain Axis
The gut-brain axis is a complex network of communication pathways between the brain and the digestive system. The gut-brain axis helps regulate digestion, mental health functions such as mood regulation and behavior control, immune function, hormone balance and much more. When this system is thrown off balance (due to things like poor diet or chronic silent inflammation) problems with mental health may arise due to changes in neurotransmitter levels caused by an imbalance in the gut microbiome (the bacteria living inside your digestive tract).

To sum it up: if you want to maintain emotional well-being then reducing silent inflammation and paying attention to what you eat is essential! Not only should you be mindful of consuming foods high in nutrients but also make sure they don't contribute to low-grade chronic inflammatory responses within your body which can manifest themselves emotionally! {Hundreds of people are doing this in the 11 day jumpstart] So if you're feeling particularly overwhelmed today take some time for self care - nourish your body with healthy foods so you can get back on track with feeling good again!  You can do it Joysisters!

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