Inflammation: The Root Cause Of Disease. Learn How To Reduce And Prevent It.
Your body's response to stress comes in the form of inflammation. Stress may come from your lifestyle, environment, or diet.
The body is a wondrous thing that performs many miraculous tasks. Everything is not even known about the human anatomy. That is how mysterious, yet miraculous it is. So many things are being discovered about it as the months and years go by. Some of this is common sense when you think about it logically.
The gut is more important to health than most realize. Everything taken into the body makes its way through the gut. That is where everything is absorbed. Well when you are stressed, whether it be because of an argument or something else, your cortisol levels go up; or if you stay up all night causing your thyroid hormone levels to fluctuate. Both of these scenarios make your gut more permeable. What this really means is that when you eat next the partially undigested food, viruses, toxins, bacteria and yeast have a window to pass through the intestine and go into the bloodstream. This is known as LGS, or leaky gut syndrome.
When that occurs repeatedly it damages the intestinal lining. Microvilli cells, which are damaged by this process, are unable to do their job correctly. They cannot process and utilize the enzymes and nutrients that play a key role in proper digestion. Digestion is eventually impaired and absorption of nutrients is negatively impacted. Over a long period of time of being exposed to this, your body initiates an attack on these unknown invaders. The way it responds is inflammation, allergic reactions, and other various symptoms that are associated with a variety of diseases.
All of this may sound trivial, but it is anything but. This can lead, and often does, to serious, debilitating diseases. This can severely tax your immune system, which causes these inflammatory triggers to cycle continuously through your blood. While in your bloodstream, they affect your nerves, joints, connective tissues, organs and muscles.
The immune system drives the inflammatory response. Western medicine has not offered anything tangible to manage this autoimmune process. The only approach they have offered are agents that suppress your immune system. These agents are only designed to reduce inflammation. They do not stop the underlying diseases processes or allow for tissue to regenerate. You have to stop the actual cause of the inflammation, or all you've done is just delay the inevitable. A lot of the medications out there that are being championed by athletes are designed to mask inflammation. Sadly, none of these medications have the capacity to correct the real issue.
The ability to be inflamed is necessary for normal repair to take place, but when inflammation is not tempered or controlled that is when we begin to have problems.
It has been shown that many of the inflammatory diseases we suffer from are gut mediated but not presenting as gut issues. Dr. Maios Hadjivassiliou of the United Kingdom, a world authority on gluten sensitivity, has reported in The Lancet, that gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times, exclusively a neurological disease.
What this means is that people show gluten sensitivity by having problems with brain functions, despite having no gastrointestinal problems whatsoever. Dr. Hadjivassiliou also stated that the antibodies that a person has when sensitive to gluten can be uniquely toxic to the brain.
There are seven common areas that should be considered when looking at factors for causing gastrointestinal dysfunction, which could create a good environment for chronic inflammation.
- Diet: Gluten, Casein, Sugar, Fast Food
- Stress: Increased cortisol
- Hormonal: Thyroid, Testosterone, Progesterone
- Neurological: Brain Trauma, Stroke
- Metabolic: Intestinal inflammation, autoimmune
- Infection: Yeast, Bacterial Growth, Viral or Parasitic infection
- Medications: Corticosteroids, antibiotics, antacids
Food is a huge factor in eliminating inflammation in your body. Ever heard that saying 'you are what you eat'? Well it is a factual phrase. There are foods that promote inflammation and foods that do the exact opposite. Choosing the right foods can help reduce your risk of inflammation and chronic disease. Here is a list of foods that fight inflammation:
- Olive Oil
- Fatty Fish like sardines, tuna, and salmon
- Green Leafy Vegetables like kale, chard and spinach
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
- fruits such as cherries, oranges, blueberries, and strawberries
Oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation.
- Remove Stress from your lifestyle as much as possible. (Poor Sleep, Over-exercising, Poor Social Behaviors) Stressors can fast track you to autoimmunity.
- Keep a positive attitude, maintain proper exercise, get adequate amount of sleep, restore a balanced blood sugar level, have healthy social interactions, as well as create a loving, appreciative environment.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Remove any autoimmune triggers and ingest foods that fight inflammation. Eat foods that promote a healthy gut that has proper flora. Make sure to include fermented foods and whatever supplements that are needed.