Chef Ellen


Root Cause Awareness

The commonality of most diseases known to humanity is inflammation. This universal number-one reaction is a signal one should not ignore, normalize, or muddle through. The human body’s capability to heal cannot happen without attention to root cause understanding and integrative therapies of lifestyle modifications.

What does inflammation look/feel like?

Some of the most common signs of chronic inflammation in the body:

  • Muscle stiffness or discomfort

  • Insomnia

  • Oxidative stress (frequent infections, memory loss, decreased eyesight, headaches & sensitivity to noise)

  • Weight gain/weight loss

  • Fatigue

  • Acne

  • Painful periods

  • Eczema, rashes

  • Gas/bloating/reflux/GERD

  • Swelling/itching

  • Food sensitivities

  • Constipation/diarrhea

  • Anxiety/depression

Untreated chronic inflammation is associated with autoimmune, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and cognitive/mental illness.

So, where do we start?

Lifestyle intervention requires small behavioral changes, one small step at a time, focusing on factors that will lend to the body reversing disease and beginning the healing process.

Lifestyle medicine focuses on preventative healthcare implementing self-care practices such as. avoiding, researching, educating, and treating disorders caused by lifestyle choices. Environmental factors and exposure to toxins, industrial chemicals, and pollution can also accumulate and advance deep-rooted inflammation.

The six pillars of lifestyle medicine are:

  • Nutrition (support your gut and vital organs)

  • Physical activity (regular movement and exercise)

  • Restorative sleep (quality z’s)

  • Stress management (mindful breathing, meditation, and attention to triggers)

  • Avoidance of risky substances (overly processed, excessive alcohol, drugs, and tobacco)

  • Positive social connections (community, family, spirituality)

Positive lifestyle modifications can influence healing in as little as two weeks with attention to root cause issues like stress management, food sensitivities, hydration, movement, trauma, and quality sleep. To fully advance healing, remember that repair and restoration do not happen overnight, and a total of a 3–6-month commitment is especially crucial to reduce inflammatory responses, build immune health and renew balance.

By changing habits and behaviors for the better, quality of life improves dramatically, and systemic inflammation is kept to a minimum.

Root cause awareness, engaging conversations with healthcare providers, and advocating for your best health is a foundational approach to preventing and reversing the pitfalls of systemic inflammation in the body. A hearty immune system is the footing that provides and protects from harmful substances, germs, pathogens, and cellular damage.

For more information and a supportive groundwork approach, please schedule a discovery call with me to start that journey with accountability, empathy, and proven strategies to fit your specific needs.

But remember, if you change nothing, nothing will change.