Could inflammation be causing you to lose your motivation to move forward in your life? According to this article, that could very well be the case. If you have recently been ill and can’t seem to get your mojo back, it could be due to low grade inflammation still in your body.
Our bodies are remarkable organisms. They do whatever it takes to stay alive and rebalance when we’ve been knocked off balance by an illness or anything else. It allocates resources needed to right itself and if that means knocking out the dopamine “system” so that we lose motivation to exert energy on something other than recovery, it will do so to allow all energy to be redirected toward recovery.
When your brain doesn’t release dopamine, your motivation to perform diminishes. It seems that it may be possible that when there is something going on on your body that needs to heal, your body will shut down dopamine production in order to allow it to concentrate all efforts on healing whatever is wrong. So if you are suffering from chronic inflammation, it stands to reason that your motivation to do much of anything may be diminished. And apparently your immune cells are in charge of that decision. They can determine whether other systems in the body need to slow or stop what they are doing to conserve energy to be used in the healing process.
But what about when your body is in a constant state of inflammation? Because of our Standard American Diet, high levels of chronic stress, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, overuse of electronics, and exposure to environmental toxins, we are keeping our bodies in a low level (or sometimes maybe a not so low level) inflammatory state. Do you ever feel like you just don’t want to do what you should be doing, like normal everyday activity? Maybe your body is trying to eliminate the inflammation you’ve grown so used to living with.
One of the biggest causes of inflammation in the body is the overconsumption of processed food, and more specifically added sugars, in that processed food. We become so accustomed to the lousy way we feel that we forget what it’s like to feel well, healthy and energetic. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your youthful vitality back? Wouldn’t you like to be able to sleep deeply and wake up refreshed in the morning? Do you have a few (or maybe more) pounds to lose?
The removal of added sugar from your diet is one of the most impactful things you can do to significantly improve your life. I did it almost ten years ago and it was transformational for me. I lost 135 pounds, regained my vitality and have the energy of someone half my age. It was life changing. If you need help, it might be worth a conversation with a health coach.
AAs a health coach, I work with women who are facing serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free consultation about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.