Inflammation is present in most of us and we aren't even aware of it most of the time. Our immune system is constantly on guard and protecting us against foriegn invaders such as bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents. This battle is ongoing even when we don't feel the effects of an active illness. Our immune system is also fighting and creating inflammation against things other than the infectious agents mentioned previously. Chronic hidden food allergies and sensitivities are present in most of us without us knowing. Natural tissue breakdown in our skin, joints and connective tissue can lead to inflammatory processes. The body is in a perpetual state of inflammation and immune system strain all the time.
We can go years without any signs of this processes occuring in the body. But as we age, just as our skin breaks down, our hormone levels drop, and metabolism slows; our bodies natural anti-inflammatory systems (immune and adrenal systems, cortisol) begin to weaken and breakdown. This can allow inflammatory processes which have been kept beneath the surface, to become clinical inflammatory states ( "itisis" ). In simple terms, this is how things that never used to bother us, can begin to bother us as we age. Food allergies, structural joint and connective tissue issues, skin issues, etc.
These chronic inflammatory states ultimately can have an impact on most other hormone and body systems. These chronic inflammatory / immune conditions in the body have a direct impact on another key hormonal system, the adrenal gland system.
The adrenal system is your stress suppressing system. It helps control our psychological responses to stress, but also helps control and manage various forms of PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS in the body. What are physiological stresses in the body? Menstrual cycles in women, pregnancy, and menopause are all forms of hormonal physiological stress which the body has to deal with. Infections, colds and flus are immunological stresses in the body. Medications are added physiological stress on the liver which has to metabolize them. INFLAMMATION is a significant physiological stress on the body. This is one of the most common and impacting form of stress in the body and represents an significant strain on a persons adrenal gland system.
If a a person suffers with a chronic inflammation, it can lead to a weakening of the immune system over time. This immune system strain leads to a weakening of the adrenal system. The weakened adrenal system can lead to a condition called adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout. Predominant symptoms of this condition are fatigue, exhaustion, sleep disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, hormonal imbalances, blood pressure irregularities, metabolic issues, weight gain, and a myriad of other symptoms and conditions.
Identifying and eliminating these chronic inflammatory conditions and triggers is critical in order successfully treat and manage most other conditions.