Inflammation – What is it and what can we do about it.
Inflammation according to Wikipedia is a part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and initiate tissue repair.
However, what we need to distinguish is the difference between Acute and Chronic inflammation and the effects that it has on the body.
Acute Inflammation is usually when there is an injury or infection where chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissue to protect your body from foreign substances. The body’s way of activating its own protective mechanism.
Chronic Inflammation on the other hand has a fair host of painful symptoms which are on-going until fixed. This can be tested with a blood test called C-Reactive Protein which is a marker of inflammation. When this is elevated it gives your practitioner a clue that there is some internal inflammation in the body.
The signs and symptoms of inflammation in the body are:
- Elevated blood sugar levels
- Elevated blood pressure
- Aches and pains that are similar to that of fibromyalgia
- Joint pain
- Constant fatigue
- Rashes and skin problems
- Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, distention, nausea
- Fat concentration around the mid section
- Heart issues
Causes of chronic inflammation can be:
- Leaky Gut
- Chronic Stress
- Enviromental toxins
- Metal Toxicity
- Processed diet
- High Sugar and consumption of unhealthy Oils
What to do:
The most important thing to do that is pivotal in controlling and eliminating high inflammation Is narrowing down the root cause and addressing lifestyle factors.
Testing for heavy metals, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, SIBO , bacteria and so on will reveal if these are attributing to your inflammation state. Once these are eradicated and you change your diet to one that decreases or eliminates processed food, sugar, unhealthy soy , gluten, GMO oils, your body will then be able to slowly start to heal.
Eating an abundance of Fibrous vegetables, Protein and good fats will help you on your journey.
Supplements such as Collagen can also assist in this process due to the amino acid profile contained and can help you to not only reach your daily protein needs but is a convenient way to take in your collagen on your wellness journey. Look for a collagen supplement that does not have any Thickeners, Fillers or additives. Collagen’s anti-inflammatory benefits come from its role that it plays on our gut health as it can restore balance to our delicate digestive system and is one product you would want in your Anti-inflammatory arsenal.
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" LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD" Hippocrates