Why Do I Always Feel Like Crap?
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I asked myself this question for years. I had pain all the time. My legs hurt. My arms hurt. I had really scary pain across my chest and back. I am a nurse, so, of course, I went to doctors and specialists. Some said it was all in my head. I went to a specialist who diagnosed me first with Fibromyalgia, and then, Sjogrens Syndrome. This doctor told me I was lucky, he has seen people worse off than me. Not one of these doctors tried to figure out WHY I had these symptoms. They just kept prescribing medications. Antidepressant medication, Anti-inflammatory medication. Narcotics. AND an anti-malarial medication. None of these medications helped heal my body. These only hid the symptoms and caused other side effects. I was 45 years old, and taking 8 different meds.
I could not walk for long periods of time, as my legs would cramp up. I could not spend time enjoying my family because I
always had to lie down. It was affecting my ability to work as a nurse. Then, my sweet husband did what he does… he started researching my symptoms. He also found me a Chiropractor who specializes in alternative treatments. This was where I learned what the root cause to my chronic pain, swelling, digestive issues, and fatigue was… I was full of inflammation and chronic yeast. (To learn more about gut health, check out my blog on gut health here).
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the natural response of the body to fight off infection. This is a good thing. It gets bad when the inflammation does not resolve on its own, and remains active in the body. This leads to chronic inflammation and a wide variety of other problems. Chronic inflammation occurs when your immune system is overstimulated for long periods of time. When the body keeps putting off an immune response, inflammation continues to occur. Chronic inflammation has many causes. For me, it was having autoimmune disorders. For others, it is caused from infection: viral, bacterial, or fungal, that does not resolve or leave the body. It can also be caused by extended exposure to irritants in the environment. (To learn more about chronic inflammation, check out this article here).
Chronic Inflammatory Disease.
When inflammation remains in the body, it wreaks havoc on our muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and organs. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that Chronic Inflammatory Diseases are the #1 killer across the globe. The WHO has predicted that in the next several years, Chronic Inflammatory Diseases will skyrocket, and the death rate from these diseases will dramatically increase. There are many diseases under the umbrella, including Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Joint issues, Digestive Diseases (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), and obesity. The main connection between these disease is chronic inflammation.
Symptoms Of Chronic Inflammation.
Just as there are many diseases that are caused by inflammation, there are also as many symptoms. Symptoms can rage from mild to debilitating. The main symptom we think of with inflammation is chronic pain in the muscles and joints. Other symptoms include: Gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, and sleep disorders, having recurrent infections (sinus, respiratory), and even mood imbalances (depression, anxiety, cognitive issues). It is CRITICAL to see a doctor if you are experiencing ANY of these symptoms, as they can be life-threatening.
Why Do So Many People Have Chronic Inflammation?
The answer to this is pretty simple: our lifestyles. Those who smoke have a higher risk of chronic inflammation and disease. Obesity is another major factor. The stressful lives we live also contributes to chronic inflammation. This is why choosing a healthier lifestyle will greatly reduce your risk of chronic inflammation, and will reduce pain and chronic illness.
What Can We Do To Heal Ourselves?
Again, I cannot stress enough. If you are experiencing any symptoms of chronic inflammation, go see your doctor. Modern medicine is wonderful, (even though at the beginning of this, I said they were not much help). Your doctor will be able to run tests and tell you what the underlying cause is, like they did for me when I was diagnosed with autoimmune issues.
I do not think there is any doctor out there who would disagree that changing to a healthier lifestyle is good for you. Especially in America, our diet is full of bad carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. We are far more sedentary than our ancestors were, as we sit at computers, have our groceries delivered, and do not get outside as much as our relatives did. One of the most important things I learned from the anti-inflammatory program my Chiropractor started me on is to LOOK AT FOOD AS MEDICINE. I believe that when God made the earth, He knew we were coming, and He put everything we need to heal ourselves upon the earth. He gave us plants, vegetables, fruits, and protein through animals. It was us who added all the bad stuff like chemicals, artificial colorings and sweeteners, and man made fat.
Learning how to look at food as medicine has completely changed my life. Yes, I still indulge in a good piece of cheesecake or something rich and chocolaty every now and then. But rebuilding my immune system and my gut health has dramatically decreased the amount of inflammation in my body. I have less pain. My gastrointestinal issues are pretty much gone. I lost 47 pounds, and increased my muscle mass. ALL OF THIS JUST BY CHANGING THE WAY I VIEW FOOD AND CHANGING MY DIET.
How Did You Do It?
I am not going to lie to you. It takes work. I takes a change in mindset. It takes patience and motivation. But, the end result of being healthier, having less pain, improving my blood work numbers, and losing the toxic fat I was carrying around makes it all worth it.
Although it takes these things to move toward a lifestyle modification, it is not hard. You don’t feel deprived of anything. Instead, you’re brain functions better. You have more energy. You can life your life again. You may even be able to do something amazing- get rid of some if not all of your medications like I did (with your doctors approval, of course).
I Want This For Myself. What Do I Do?
Again, back to that amazing Chiropractor. He introduced me to an Anti-Inflammatory lifestyle called SHAPE ReClaimed. SHAPE revolutionize the way we look at health, look at food. What SHAPE isn’t is another “diet” or weight loss program. It is instead a lifestyle modification, total body restoration program that teaches us to use food as medicine. As a SHAPE patient, I was able to reclaim my life. I believe so much in this way of living that I am also now a Practitioner, helping others do what I did.
If you would like to know more, talking to me doesn’t cost a thing. I absolutely LOVE sharing with others what helped me go from someone who just went to work and then to bed, to living an amazing life, with less pain, less weight, and more energy. There are no meal plans, no protein bars, no crazy pills with chemicals. You buy your food the way you do now. SHAPE has amazing recipes to help you stay on track. If I can do this, so can you. And you will feel better for it.
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Andra Johnson is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Practitioner for SHAPE ReClaimed. Please see your phsyician before starting any supplements, naturopathic treatments, or over the counter medications. This blog is for informational purposes only. The information in this blog does NOT substitute from your doctors care. Please seek advise from your physician for any of the mentioned symptoms in this article.