Inflammation is literally the body "on fire" and is a primary immune mechanism response of the body to a range of noxious stimuli. This can include infectious agents, such as bacteria or virus, oxidation or acidosis, damaged or diseased tissues; however, the inflammatory response can also occur in response to other external or internal cues
1. Inflammation is essentially the body’s first line of defense in common acute conditions
2. The main function of inﬂammation is a short term response to resolve infection and to repair the damage in order to achieve homeostasis equilibrium balance back to the body. The ideal inﬂammatory response is therefore rapid and destructive, yet speciﬁc and very limited. The release of inflammatory mediators, predominantly from activated leukocytes that migrate into the target area and proteins called cytokines attack the threatening germ and repair damaged tissues. This is the reddening and swelling you see around any infected or injured area. most of us are familiar with: redness, heat, swelling, and pain associated with inflammation. These symptoms are created by the activity of immune cells working to break down injured and dying tissues so that new, healthy ones can replace them.
Unfortunately, we have created a situation in our lives where we now suffer from chronic low level inflammation over decades of our lives as a result of our unhealthy and unbalanced lifestyles and diet. Chronic inflammation is being shown to be involved in the onset and the development of most if not all chronic illness that are now at epidemic proportions in our society. These include atherosclerosis (damaged and blocked arteries), heart disease, stroke, obesity, neurodegenerative diseases, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons Disease, thyroid disorders, diabetes, asthma, autism, arthritis, celiac disease, eczema, psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, lupus, migraines, periodontal disease, sleep apnoea, chronic kidney failure and cancer. It is a long list but it is only the main ones I have mentioned.
Even though chronic inflammation in the body is hard to detect there are some common symptoms to look out for. These include the following:
Chronic pain in the joints and/ or muscles
Allergies or asthma
Elevated blood pressure
Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
Gut issues (constipation or diarrhoea)
The inflammatory process is driven by the immune system in your body. Therefore, in order to reduce the incidence of disease you must reduce inflammation, and to reduce inflammation you must identify and eliminate the immune system trigger(s). The typical approach of allopathic medicine is to treat the symptoms of the disease itself or the immune system (immune-suppressive drugs) or inflammation (anti-inflammatory drugs) directly without addressing the underlying cause of the disease. But not dealing with the underlying causes. Sustainable health looks at identifying and eliminating the sources of the inflammation to address the situation at its cause. Some good examples of anti inflammatory nutrients include turmeric, probiotics, vitamin C and D and Magnesium. While physical activity, meditation and strategies to de-stress are all anti inflammatory.
If you are suffering from inflammation, have signs of inflammation starting to occur or are simply looking to prevent inflammation from setting in, the good news is there are plenty of solutions. Over the years, I have personally suffered from inflammation and have been able to curb it with a cleaner diet and plenty of exercise. With my desire to be physically fit, I have utilized numerous supplements to bolster protein intake and provide quick, clean eating alternatives. However, I have found many supplement products to be loaded with additives that only increase the inflammation.
Next post I will discuss the need to find good, clean supplements for your diet to compliment you consistent workout routines and keep inflammation and disease at bay. In the meantime, I'll cue in my readers to let you know that Shaklee is a key supplier for my nutritional product needs. Check some of them out today!