Inflammation is in all of us, depending on who we are, what we eat, where we live, what we do, and how old we are.
It is one of the greatest causes of disease that there is. Maybe the greatest cause.
If you fall on your elbow, or get kicked in the knee a single joint will become inflamed.
When this happens the joint hurts, turns red, and is tender for a while. The inflammation goes away when the body heals the damage.
As we get older the efficiency of our Immune system decreases or we may develop a bacteriological infection, or an extreme stress condition, this can allow a run away reaction in your immune system where in your body attacks the tissues of your own joints like they were full of invaders. Think: rheumatoid arthritis. But a real infection can also inflame the joints. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by the bite of the deer tick. It can inflame one or many joints. It frequently picks the knee.
In our old age the weight bearing joints; (hips, knees, and ankles, and spine), can become worn by use, or unbalance, as in the case of sacroiliac joint inflammation. Badly worn or ill fitting shoes, an old chair, or injury can cause a tilt to the hips putting undue pressure on joints.
Poor nutrition can cause inflammation. Purine forming foods cause Gout, and that is a form of arthritis. The inflammation comes from crystals of uric acid that lodge in the joint like slivers of glass. You get gout because your body can't metabolize a protein called purine, and the excess forms uric acid.
Alcohol consumption will lower the blood PH towards acid, which increases the pain as it causes extreme irritation to the nervous system making your joint inflammation more severe. Bacteria thrive in an acid environment.
Attacks of gout usually last no longer than four to seven days.
Wash out the acid. Drink lots of water to wash the uric acid out of your system and help prevent uric acid kidney stones.
Avoid purines. In many cases, gout can be controlled by medications. However, it may be helpful for those with high uric acid levels to avoid purine-rich foods, such as organ meats, gravies and some seafood like anchovies, sardines and herring. These are only some of the culprits that can trigger an attack.
Eat eggs, for the sulfur content. MSM and Fish oil are probably the most effective foods to prevent inflammation and repair the damage, and take proteolytic Enzymes, (Protease and bromelain) at night when you sleep to reduce the undigested proteins in your blood.
Use ginger also to reduce the pain.
Most people eat food that is enzyme deficient and fail to chew food adequately so their bodies must compensate. The body is increasingly stressed, as we age, to produce enough enzymes to properly digest the food we eat. Some of the undigested food makes it into the blood where the immune system treats it as invaders and releases a storm of white cells, (lymphocytes), creating more inflammation. Proteolytic enzymes taken on an empty stomach clean this stuff from our blood easing the strain on our immune systems.
Enzymes are made in our pancreas. Age and overuse are the main cause of pancreatic cancer. Take supplemental enzymes, or eat live and living foods, i.e. (uncooked and full of enzymes). To help you digest.
Various acids are produced by metabolizing food. Proteins, produce sulfuric and phosphoric acid. Carbohydrates and fats produce acetic and lactic acid. The bottom line is that diet changes your body's pH. And most of us eat a highly acidic diet (meat, dairy, cooked grains, and most bottled drinks). Start eating alfalfa tablets, they’re cheap and are very alkaline forming. One a day is not enough more like 10, 20, or 30 is what is needed. They taste like grass, smash them and put them in your food, you won’t notice. But your body will and they’re full of vitamins.
If your body is very acidic, over a long time the master steroid cholesterol that is produced in your liver will be used like spackle to repair the damage caused by acid. When this happens in your blood vessels, heart disease follows.
The best, (and cheapest), anti inflammatory food is Flax seed. Buy the seeds, and a cheap coffee grinder and mix and use it with each meal.
Do not buy the meal, or the oil, it’s probably oxidized and won’t keep anyway. So it won’t do the job. Ground flax seed has a nut like flavor and will mix with anything. Use it to thicken gravy and bake bread.
Minerals are important because your body uses minerals to combine with the acids and turn them into pH neutral mineral salts. These salts can then be safely eliminated through your kidneys. Start consuming Molasses with every meal it’s alkaline not acid. It’s full of minerals; it’s also full of vitamins. If you eat too much you can develop a loose bowel. This can be good if you’re constipated or bad. Eat less if it’s a problem, its not like diarrhea.
As you reduce your inflammation you will feel better, have more energy, and be less prone to disease. The healing components of you body will work less hard and be less prone to failure. You might live longer too.
Great post. Coconut oil is alkaline, and also has additional health benefits.
This would make a good hub. The addition of the fact that any omega 3 o 6 fatty acids will do the same would help. Essentially, anything that disrupts the arachidonic acid cascade would aid in the treatment of inflammation. AA is involved in the production of prostaglandins. This hormone is one of the leading causes of inflammation, and the pain associated with it.
Chondroitin sulfate has also showed promise in limiting the damage associated with the Cox II enzyme, but those studies aren't altogether conclusive.
Again, not to steal the spotlight--nice job.
Excellent Article. This is very informative for the people that do not take vitamins and herbs for healing.
Tutemaven, what benefit do you think you get from posting this in the forums rather than in a Hub?
Another vote that this would be better as a hub. Good information.
I would like to add a little more here...have more then half my life had to deal with chronic inflammation...
Going Gluten Free (wheat and for some oat and rye too) can greatly reduce both pain and inflammation.
To help deal with inflammation, taking Turmeric - which is a spice that can get at the grocery store. It is great for helping with pain, inflammation, digestive issues, and even some deep skin infections...also can reduce floaters in the eyes...
What was said about reducing acidity is also very very important. As a more acidic body will promote infectious diseases as well - which in some cases can actually be the root cause for inflammatory issues.
Wonderful thread, I love coconut oil and use it often, it has so many health benefits..
<<<<<<<takes one spoonful of coconut oil per day.
I should start trying out for coconut oil commerical auditions.
"One scoop, one life. Mmm Mmmmmmm, Good."
After having a major stroke at the young age of 48 five years ago, I began to learn about what caused it, since all the doctors could tell me was that my high cholesterol was why I had the stroke. I didn't have any of the usual markers for a stroke risk, other than I was about 20 pounds overweight. I was a non-smoker,had low blood pressure,I basically ate low-fat, non-fried foods, and I exercised pretty regularly. Their idea of a remedy was to put me on a statin drug, which make me feel awful and my muscles ached. I took myself off of it and did a lot of research and found it was more than likely, chronic inflammation that led to my stroke. I studied up on what I should be eating and what was causing the inflammation in my body. I now follow a low glycemic index diet. I also began using supplements to help get the inflammation under control. I use a high quality fish oil, CoQ10, a multivitamin with extra B's, tumeric, and an aspirin a day. (The only thing I take as per doctor's orders.) I also practice yoga several timea a week. I had a check up a couple of months ago and all is good. One of the biggest changes I noticed was when I gave up sugar, everything got better. One of my yoga teachers had been telling me that sugar was rusting my insides and I would be able to move deeper into the poses if I gave it up. I did and she was right. Sugar is a big inflammation trigger. I won't say I gave it up forever, but I no longer use it in my morning coffee, and my days are better. I will have a bit of 70% dark chocolate in the evening occassionally. I never have soft drinks any more. Coffee, Tea, or water.
Dr. Mercola just posted this on his site.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic … rally.aspx
I feel somewhat more vindicated now.
Hey, has anyone suggested that you make this a HUB? LOL Really you have some really good information here. Do IT!
Stop eating refined sugar and processed foods. I have started a journal on here about my trip through teaching my body and listening to it because I also have inflammatory symptoms in my body. The series of hubs are "Listening To My Soul"
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