Chronic inflammation is thought to playa part in a huge number of diseases. Here’s how to reduce your risk.
If you have a prolonged inflammation, injury or irritation, your immune system can typically heal the issue at hand. However, if your immune system cannot heal the problem this means that you have chronic inflammation, which is quite serious as, eventually, the immune system begins to turn on the body and attack it. The good news is that there are ways of addressing your chronic inflammation.
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are the part of our immune systems that attack and kill cells with oxidative chemicals. Unfortunately, when these pro-inflammatory cytokines don’t stop their attacks, they will start killing cells that our bodies need! One example of this would be inflammation in a joint where the cartilage is eaten away, resulting in arthritis.
Elderly individuals are especially vulnerable to this kind of unchecked inflammation. As we age, our body loses its ability to ‘down regulate’ inflammation. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be old in order to suffer from chronic inflammation as lifestyle choices and other factors can lead to this issue as well.
Chronic inflammation and chronic disease
Micro-organisms cause inflammation within our blood vessels, and the inflammation attacks the inside of the arteries. Lipoproteins form a sticky patch over the damaged part, which grabs cholesterol and forms a bandage over the problematic area. This is the so-called ‘bad cholesterol’ that you have no doubt heard so much about in recent years. As the inflammation is inside now, this patch grows and bulges. In turn, the inflammation grows and bulges too. The final result is heart disease.
Medical science is beginning to admit that chronic inflammation is the main factor in all chronic disease. Further, medical science has been forced to admit that chronic inflammation is at the core of the two largest killers: cancer and heart disease. Yet, this is the tip of the iceberg, as chronic inflammation might also be the culprit in all degenerative disease, ranging from depression to anaemia, kidney failure, pancreatitis, fibrosis, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, psoriasis, asthma and others.
So what is at the root of this deadly inflammation? The first place to look is your diet, as chronic inflammation is the result of eating starchy carbs and/or high glycaemic load foods. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, starchy carbs have been associated with increased serum levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of systemic inflammation. As it turns out, C-reactive protein is also a sensitive predictor of cardiovascular disease. There is a relationship, for example, between coronary heart disease risk and dietary glycemic load. This risk is more pronounced in overweight women, and this factor suggests that those who are insulin resistant could be the most susceptible to the adverse cardiovascular effects of a highglycemic load diet.
So, what practical steps can you take to reduce your inflammation? Firstly, don’t eat starchy foods or foods that are high in sugar. Sugar stimulates the inflammation response, and this puts the immune system under great strain. Processed food and fast food are usually loaded with sugar, chemicals and depleted levels of nutrition and, as a result, they have a higher glycaemic level. You don’t have to accept chronic inflammation and just live with it. Inflammation can be addressed with preventative steps such as lifestyle modification and savvy supplementation.
This ‘must take’ supplement helps to clear inflammation and non-living tissue, allowing the body’s natural processes to function.
Other recommended products include Curcumin X4000TM, a natural anti-inflammatory traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Also AstaXanthin, which has up to 550 times the antioxidant activity of vitamin E and 10 times the antioxidant activity of beta-carotene.