2. GUT TROUBLES
Certain things – such as antibiotics, disease, and poor diet – throws a wrench into our gut’s microbiome. While the word may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, the microbiome is both very real and very important. Our gut requires healthy amounts of good bacteria – and any disturbance to this balance can trigger inflammation.
Stress is a primary antagonist of many chronic health conditions – and it’s no surprise that the same goes for inflammation. In a recent study, researchers discovered that simply recalling a stressful past event can increase inflammation in the body.
4. LACK OF SLEEP
An adequate amount of sleep (7-9 hours for adults) is crucial for the body to repair itself. Our brain cleanses toxins and consolidates memory; and the body releases essential growth hormones, for example. In one study, a reactive protein that serves as a marker for inflammation levels was 25 percent higher in people who slept less than six hours per night.