Inflammation is a friendly warning.
Inflammation is your body telling you there is a problem and you must discover what is causing the inflammation. But how to discover the cause, perhaps its in your blood or brain or your legs and feet. Most people are blissfully unaware of chronic inflammation cascading throughout their bodies, exposing them to chronic health risks.
Inflammation in short, is the body’s response to internal and outside threats like stress, infection and toxic chemicals. Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, pathogens and an acid body – and begin the healing process. Inflammation is the body acting to protect you. Inflammation is good until the cause is not found and treated – then inflammation can be serious to your health.
When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it; the signs and symptoms of inflammation, specifically acute inflammation, show that the body is trying to heal itself.
Inflammation does not mean infection, even when an infection causes inflammation. Infection is caused by a bacteria, virus or fungus, while inflammation is the body’s response to it.
When the immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. “In a healthy situation, inflammation is a good friend to our body, but if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be directed against us.
This harmful, chronic inflammation can have many causes, including a virus or bacteria, an autoimmune disorder, foods causing acidity, sugary and lousy fatty foods, or how you handle stress.
Have you ever banged your shin, watched a reddish bump rise to the surface, and bulged in a painful bruise? That’s your body’s defence mechanism at work. Inflammation at the site of an injury means the soldiers of healing, your body’s white blood cells, have arrived on the scene to make you all better. Acute inflammation, as that process is known, usually lasts only a few days.
But lately, scientists have started homing in on another type of inflammation in your body that may be the root cause of many diseases and health problems. Chronic or systemic inflammation occurs when your body repeatedly experiences a series of assaults that cause the soldier cells to go into a full fighting mode, from which they can never recover. And over time, they create problems in the organs and systems they were meant to protect.
What Inflammation Does to Your Body
The results can be dangerous – chronic inflammation has now been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, kidney problems, cancer, diabetes, eczema, allergies, arthritis, gout, stroke, and asthma, to name a few.
For example, when you repeatedly fill your gut with fat-laden foods such as factory meat, margarine, decadent desserts, breakfast cereals and high-sugar foods, you are asking your body to work overtime to digest it and get it out of your system.
Your arteries may become irritated as these substances pass through them, and lousy cholesterol piles up inside them because the blood vessels become inflamed. Soon, you may have an artery that is too sticky for anything to get by – it has become permanently inflamed. It is not the cholesterol that caused the blocking but the inflammation of the blood vessels. I know it happened to me.
Limiting Inflammation Can Protect You from Disease
Tanzi, a neuroscientist who studies Alzheimer’s at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, says studies have shown that the brains of people who live to ripe old ages without Alzheimer’s or dementia have one thing in common:
Very little, if any, brain inflammation. Inflammation is less common in people who maintain a healthy weight, than in those who are obese. It is less common among those who follow a plant-heavy diet, than among those who fill their plates with empty carbohydrates and tons of meat.
Not surprisingly, the recommendations for reducing inflammation in your body are much the same as those we’ve heard for years about preventing heart disease, avoiding cancer, and living healthfully. The difference, per Dr Tanzi, is that now these recommendations are backed by incontrovertible scientific evidence.
What can influence how quickly your injuries heal, whether you catch the flu, and the health of your cardiovascular system?
The answer is inflammation!
Inflammation is part of the vascular system’s complex response to harmful stimuli. The tissues and blood cells that keep your body healthy are intertwined in a complex network that makes up your vascular system. It plays a critical role in maintaining your body’s immune system and heart function. Athletes need to control inflammation to be able to compete at peak performance. Inflammation affects everyone and tends to become harder to manage as you age unless you regularly scan your entire body using frequency to discover where your health is starting to deteriorate – you then decide what options are open to you. That is what I did. I decided to buy “the product”.
How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation
To keep your levels in check, avoid eating foods that are high in bad fat, refined flour, empty calories, sugar, high in lectins and table salt (as in fast foods). Aim for foods high in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, fibre, calcium, monounsaturated fats, and a low glycemic index.
I have used specific foods over many years to influence the lowering of inflammation, including:
herbs and spices,
and apple cider vinegar.
Many of these foods consistently follow a plant-based diet, an excellent way to keep your CRP levels in the healthy range.
At best, you should get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. Of course, it’s not always possible to reach that goal, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that more sleep equals less inflammation, Dr Tanzi says. “It’s one of the determinants of our level of chronic inflammation.”
Even small changes in your exercise routine can make significant dents in your body’s level of inflammation, Dr Tanzi says.
“You don’t have to work out like a maniac, but some exercise each day will make a big difference,” he adds. Exercise reduces levels of toxic protein debris in the brain, helps curb brain inflammation, and induces the birth of new nerve stem cells in the brain, particularly in the areas involved with Alzheimer’s disease. “If you want your health span to keep up with your life span—to live longer with good health—that’s where these old-hat recommendations become new,” Dr Tanzi says.
My wife and I take a brisk 20-minute walk in the local park. We often walk twice a day. If we walk in the early evening, we take a slower walk – our romantic walk.
Focus on gut health.
Your gut holds approximately 60 to 70 per cent of your immune system, so it stands to reason that it would be a great place to reduce chronic inflammation. And if your gut is in bad shape, you can only imagine your immune system is in serious trouble. Your gut microbiome is a game-changer. Trillions of microbes live in us; we are their host. These bugs are part of us and healthy for us unless you allow inflammation into your systems.
When you scan your body, as I do every month with a Quality Health Analyser, it will pick up where your cells are starting to deteriorate and complain to you via deferred pain and inflammation.
A great way to start immediately is by taking a daily fresh liquid pre-and probiotics. Make sure it’s high quality and alive – perhaps make your own Kombucha.
When you can’t control inflammation through diet and exercise alone, try not to resort to anti-inflammatories as they damage your gut’s microbiome. Perhaps use a natural plant-based supplement. I use NanoNutrients.
Another possibility worth exploring is a chronic infection (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites). These guys could be hiding in your body just under the radar and dragging your immune system down. You have a couple of options for testing—look at your blood by having a dried blood analysis, which I did, or check your poo, which I didn’t. It may not be pretty, but knowledge is power, so be brave and have your stool checked. You can have your stool analysed – this analysis will identify parasites, abnormal bacteria, yeasts, and other gastrointestinal issues, which will help you create a game plan that targets the infection.
You can also detect these little monsters with your scanning device. This is the cleanest, quickest and easiest method, and you can do it monthly in the comfort of your own home.
I suggest you also consider Leaky Gut Syndrome, a condition that can damage your intestinal lining. When this occurs, bacteria, undigested food, and other toxins can leak into your bloodstream, triggering an autoimmune response and a host of painful inflammatory symptoms. A simple urine test, a dry-blood analysis, or an ultrasound scan can tell you if you need to plug those leaks.
Adequate oxygen and micronutrients from natural fresh vitamins, minerals from organic plant-based foods and drinking structured water inhibit the formation of inflammation and tumours. This also inhibits metastasis, the formation of cancer cells and the growth of cancer cells. I grow veggies, microgreens and herbs in pots on my stoep.
Structured water and micronutrients can work together at the genetic level of cancer cells and convert them from immortal cells to cells that die – they MURDER cancer cells.
The good herbs:
garlic are all anti-inflammatory.
Remember, inflammation can lead to cancer and all the other dreaded diseases.
Having said so much about the absolute importance of inflammation in this article, the only true and natural cure for cancer and ALL other diseases is building the immune system by moving toward a plant-based lifestyle – proportionally add more plants to your daily eating habits.
A fight with no army is like a fight against cancer with no immune system. Wholegrains, coniferous vegetables, fruit, seeds, and legumes will build your gut microbiome.
Let’s Live Longer Together,