Inflammation could it be the Problem?
If you reduce inflammation in your body you will look younger and feel better and drastically reduce your risk for chronic illness. Inflammation and chronic diseases go hand in hand. By lowering the inflammation in your body you will be drastically reducing your chances for developing chronic illness and therefore, increasing your life expectancy. Did you know there is a strong link between inflammation and debilitating conditions like heart disease, arthritis, cancer, allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s and the list goes on. You name a chronic condition and you can bet inflammation is involved. Inflammation is the bodies natural reaction to injury and infection. So how did a normal and natural reaction designed to let us know there is a problem go so out of control? Read on…
When you get an infection, illness or injury your body reacts by causing tissues to swell, redden, become warm to the touch, tender, and painful. Triggers for this reaction can be environmental toxins, free radical damage, drug overuse, infections, trauma, or injury just to name a few. Inflammation combating one of these conditions is a good thing, it lets you know something is wrong and needs to be addressed. Think about if you’ve ever had the flu. You get feverish, headaches, stuffy nose, and body aches; this is good information, it lets you know something is wrong, you need to rest, and treat this temporary reaction. It’s when inflammation is a constant presence in the body that damage begins.
What causes a constant state of inflammation? Well to name a few stresses, extra pounds, poor diet, infection, and autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders are when the bodies immune system attacks self (its own body). No one knows exactly why the immune system goes haywire like that, but it is the cause of many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and they go on. Now if you have Fibromyalgia I’m sure you’ve read or been told it’s not an autoimmune condition, but I disagree. My Fibromyalgia definitely has an inflammation component and I feel strongly medical science will eventually prove it to be an autoimmune condition. So how do you know if you are suffering from too much inflammation and what do you do to treat it?
Symptoms of inflammation include:
- Heart disease
- Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
- Acid reflux
- Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
- Urinary tract infections
Other Causes of Inflammation:
Stress! Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises the level of cortisol, creating inflammation.
Environmental toxins in our water, air, and food. Toxins and pollution from metals like mercury and lead all play a part in inflammation and have been linked to diseases as varied as allergies to inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
Low-grade food allergies or food sensitivities
An imbalance of bacteria in your gut or leaky gut syndrome. This causes your immune system to overreact to bacteria or tiny particles of food that leak out of your gut through damage from inflammation to the intestinal tract.
Diet and lifestyle: eating a high fat, sugar, and protein diet, being dehydrated, insufficient exercise and insufficient sleep can all increase inflammation in your body.
- Healthy Diet of fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables and reduced red meat
- Foods high in flavonoids like, spinach, blueberries, and strawberries
- Add 1/2 a fresh Pineapple or Papaya to your diet daily
- Limit saturated fats and salt
- Avoid sugar, colas, white flour products, and junk food
- Eat cold water fish including, salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines
- B Complex Vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Essential fatty acids including, fish oil, flaxseed oil, or evening primrose oil
- Grape seed extract
- A good Probiotic