You can’t see it. You can’t feel. You don’t even know it is happening. Eventually it can manifest as a disease process such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, IBS (inflammatory bowel disease) or asthma to name a few. It is called inflammation, and all of the top 30 causes of death have an inflammatory component.

When you think of inflammation, you probably think of a swollen ankle after it has been sprained or the red bump that appears after a bug has bitten you. Acute inflammation is a normal and essential part of the healing process. The immune systems purpose is to restore balance in an unbalanced body. When it detects tissue damage (due to bacteria, virus, sprain/strain) it floods the area with fluid that includes protein and white blood cells for protection and repair. You know you are experiencing inflammation when the area is red, warm, painful, swollen, and loss of function.

Does any of the following sound familiar?

You wake up with only 4 hours of sleep, take an antibiotic to fight off some infection, run around the house trying to get the kids to school and get to work on time, stop and pick up an egg and cheese biscuit with a hash brown, inhaling car exhaust while get stuck in traffic which makes you late, grab a donut on the way to your desk, sit down and realize how tight your clothes are, hurry through lunch, leave work and rush around doing errands, grab a convenient unhealthy snack, make dinner from a box, and finally plop in front of the TV to relax before falling asleep. This is unfortunately the daily routine of millions of Americans.

Thankfully, living this lifestyle day in and day out does not launch a full scale immune attack. Instead, small quantities of inflammatory molecules are released into your blood stream. Typically, you have no idea this happened until loss of function occurs. This continues to occur due to lack of sleep, eating a diet filled with convenience foods, constant stress, taking medications, exposure to toxins in the environment, and weight gain. You will eventually start to experience symptoms such as fatigue, bowel inconsistencies, joint pain, difficulty breathing, and rashes. We now know that chronic, low grade inflammation in the body can also cause degenerative diseases, obesity, aging, breast, colon & prostate cancer, asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. We live in time where a pill is given for every ill so you will most likely be prescribed a drug to remove the symptoms without ever getting to the cause.

Do you have inflammation?

The most common marker used to detect inflammation in a blood test is C-reactive protein (CRP). This is an indicator of inflammation in the body BUT it is not specific to where the inflammation is located. This may be of limited use unless you use it as a tool to start making changes in your life.

What is the cause?

In order to discover the true cause, a complete blood panel is required to find the root of what is responsible for these issues in your body. Your functional blood panel will show where there is dysfunction in your body so that you can receive the proper support for the appropriate body system. Log on to to schedule a FREE phone consultation to discuss with an expert where to begin making lifestyle changes to experience the health you deserve!

Author's Bio: 

Crystal Shores has had such success in returning people to health because this is her passion. She does this by influencing a person’s body systems to work together, instead of manipulating just one aspect of their biochemistry. The whole body approach is what separates Crystal apart from other health care practitioners. She takes the necessary steps to evaluate what is truly happening in a person’s body, and designs a nutrition program based on their bodily function, and not a diagnosis.

While graduating at the top of her class Summa Cum Laude and completing a competitive Dietetic Internship, she followed her dream of being a business owner which gives her the opportunity successfully impact the lives of others as a Registered Dietitian. After her internship, she was introduced to Functional Medicine, and knew this was how she would realize her dream. She and her husband started what is known today as Dynamic Balance, which utilizes proven nutritional principles along with the cutting edge science of Functional Medicine to facilitate proper function within the human body.

Crystal is a dynamic and inspirational woman who has spent years educating herself and others on what true health is, and how to achieve it. She has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make the necessary changes in a person’s life, because she has done it herself. She spent the majority of her 20’s having fun and chasing happiness through external means only to end up realizing that true joy comes from within. This realization came from experiencing pain and fear that no outside force could remove. The time came when she had to make the choice of what direction she wanted her life to take. When she stood at this fork in the road, she made the decision to go back to school to receive her second bachelor’s degree, in Dietetics. This ultimately led her to feed and nurture her body back to a healthy state. It is with this passion and dedication that she serves her clients to lead them to enjoy the health they deserve.

The road to health and well being is not always an easy one and it requires guidance and support. If it were easy, we would all be healthy. She hopes to guide others in achieving health from the inside out.