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Is There an Arsonist In Your Body?
Do You Have Any of These Symptoms?
How INFLAMMATION Causes:
Heart Disease, Cancer, Memory Loss, Obesity and Other Illness
Imagine that an arsonist on the loose in your community. Every day or two some building was catching fire due to the deliberate actions of a fire loving maniac. Uncontrolled fire is a destructive force, not only will it damage property, it can be deadly to human life.
Many people don't realize that there is an arsonist at work in their own body. This arsonist is constantly starting little fires here and there, fires called inflammation, which destroy healthy tissue and pave the way for chronic and degenerative diseases to develop. Stopping this internal arsonist and putting out the inflammatory fires is just as important to our health and well-being as catching a real arsonist. If we don't stop this internal arsonist and allow inflammation to continue, it will eventually destroy our health and ultimately our life.
Science has confirmed that chronic, low grade inflammation is the cause of nearly all chronic and degenerative disease. Inflammation is involved in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and countless other less serious ailments. These illnesses don't develop overnight; they are the result of allowing the internal arsonist to create chronic inflammation over the course of decades. We don't have to wait until we have a heart attack or stroke or get diagnosed with cancer or start to lose our memory before we do something. By understanding the symptoms of chronic inflammation, we can recognize the early warning signals that the inflammation arsonist is at work in the body and can take measures to control him and put out the fires he has caused.
Symptoms of low grade inflammation include excess weight, fatigue and excessive sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, gum disease (bleeding gums, gingivitis), frequent headaches, chronic low grade aches and pains and constipation. If you have a lot of these symptoms, then be warned-the inflammation arsonist is running loose in your body. It's time to mobilize your healing forces and catch this criminal before he does any more damage to your health.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body's normal response to any kind of tissue damage. When you cut, bruise, burn, bump, scrape or break some part of your body, inflammation sets in. Inflammation occurs from chemical and microbial damage (toxins and infection). No matter how the body gets injured, inflammation is going to be the body's primary response to the damage.
"Itis" is the Latin term for inflammation, which is characterized by heat, swelling, redness and pain at the site of injury. Many traditional names for diseases are simply naming the location of the heat, swelling, redness and pain. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix; bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchials; tonsillitis, inflammation of the tonsils and so forth. When you consider all the itises there are - arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, colitis, dermatitis, gingivitis, conjunctivitis, diverticulitis, sinusitis, etc.-it's clear that inflammation is involved in a lot of health problems.
Inflammation resolves itself naturally and the injuries heal. When healing isn't completed, tissues become chronically inflamed. A slow process of deterioration ensues, resulting in the development of chronic and degenerative diseases. Here are just a few examples:
Cardiovascular Disease: Inflammation causes the linings of the arteries to develop arterial plaque. Lowering cholesterol levels, without reducing inflammation, doesn't stop plaque from forming. Since the body uses cholesterol to bind irritating toxins, reducing cholesterol can actually create more inflammation in the body.
Arthritis: Joints often suffer mechanical damage, which causes inflammation. If the damage never fully heals, then the joint eventually deteriorates.
Obesity: When fat stores increase in the body, it stimulates production of a hormone called leptin. Leptin decreases appetite and increases metabolism, so we are motivated to eat less, while our body burns stored fat. The chemicals released by chronically inflamed tissues block the action of leptin, so we keep eating and our metabolism stays low. Inflammation makes it difficult to lose weight.
Mental Deterioration: Inflammation and oxidative stress are linked together. When tissues in the brain become inflamed, oxidative damage destroys nerve cells. The result is diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia.
These are just a few examples of how chronic inflammation is linked to degenerative diseases. The fact is that just about any chronic disease probably involves inflammation.
What Causes Chronic Inflammation?
When the tissues are initially damaged, there is a release of histamine, which is followed by a release of bradykinin, serotonin and other chemical mediators. These dilate capillary pores and initiate inflammation by allowing fluid and protein enters the tissue spaces (creating swelling). This is the first phase of inflammation.
In the second phase, chemical messengers are released to open blood vessels so white blood cells can reach the damaged area. This causes more swelling. At this state, if the inflammation is in the respiratory tract, histamine and leukotrienes will cause bronchial constriction and increased mucus production to flush toxins from mucus membranes. At this stage pain receptors are activated.
During the third phase, white blood cells use free radicals to destroy microbes and cellular debris. Healthy cells need adequate levels of antioxidants in order to protect themselves from these free radicals. If antioxidant levels are too low, healthy tissues will get damaged causing inflammation to spread.
Once white blood cells have completed their cleanup of the area, a healing phase is initiated. Cortisol from the adrenals is secreted to shut down production of the chemical messengers that mediate the inflammatory process. Macrophages clean up the remaining debris and a regenerative cycle begins as chemical messengers are released which stimulate tissue repair.
In chronic inflammation, the body is never able to complete the healing phase of the inflammatory process. It gets stuck in the earlier phases. The free radical activity in phase three causes more and more cells to get damaged, causing the inflammatory fires to spread. It's like a forest fire, which starts when dry, dead plant material catches fire, but can get hot enough that even the green trees get burned up in the process.
First, inflammation can't heal if there is a lack of nutrients needed for the healing and repair phase. Second, chronic tissue irritation from environmental toxins and poor diet continually re-irritates tissues, preventing healing. Third, adrenal fatigue from chronic stress (which shuts down cortisol production), prevents initiation of the healing phase. Finally, lack of adequate lymphatic drainage prevents the removal of excess fluid from the tissues.
Putting Out the Fires of Chronic Inflammation
Once you understand what the inflammatory process is, you can understand what you can do to put out the fires of chronic inflammation. If you have more than four or five of the symptoms of chronic inflammation listed above, you'll want to utilize all of these keys.
Your body can't heal if it is constantly being re-inflamed by environmental toxins and microbial parasites. Start, by avoiding chemicals as much as possible (food additives, pesticide residues, cleaning solutions, etc.). Buy organic food whenever possible and use natural household cleaning products and personal care products.
#2: Eat the Right Kinds of Fats
The chemical messengers that mediate the inflammatory process are made from omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA). A ratio of 4 parts omega-6 EFA to 1 part omega-3 EFA is important in order to keep inflammation in check. That's because many of the chemical messengers that promote the healing process are made from omega-3 EFA If there are too many omega-6 EFAs and not enough omega-3 EFAs, then the body will be unable to heal properly and chronic inflammation will ensue.
Most Americans have a ratio of about 20: 1 omega-6 to omega-3. That's one of the reasons chronic inflammation is so widespread. To reduce inflammation, avoid processed oils as much as possible. Supplement the diet with healthy fats like Flax Seed Oil, flaxseeds, avocados, walnuts, macadamia nuts and other foods with a good omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. It can be helpful to take Super Omega-3 EPA
#3: Avoid Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates like sugar, white flour, polished rice, potatoes and even whole grains cause spikes in insulin production. High levels of insulin inhibit the conversion of essential fatty acids to anti-inflammatory chemical messengers. The result is chronic inflammation.
To reduce chronic inflammation, start each meal with some high quality fat or protein. This reduces carbohydrate cravings. Eating non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini, green beans, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and onions and fruits like berries, instead of more sugary, starchy carbohydrates will reduce insulin production and reduce inflammation levels in the body. Target P-14 or SugarReg can help control insulin spikes and reduce inflammation. Licorice Root is not only anti-inflammatory; it can help reduce cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.
#4: Improve Lymphatic Drainage
One of the major effects of inflammation is the pooling of lymphatic fluid in the spaces around the cells. The only way this fluid can be removed is via the lymphatic system. This is one of the little known secrets to reducing chronic inflammation. The lymph system has no pump, so moderate exercise (walking, swimming, bouncing up and down on a mini-trampoline, etc.) and deep breathing are needed to encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation. When lymph glands are congested, Lymphatic Drainage formula or Lymphomax will improve lymph drainage.
#5: Use Antioxidant Nutrients
Inflammation and oxidative stress go hand in hand. An adequate level of antioxidant nutrients will help reduce both oxidative stress (free radical damage) and control inflammation. Eating 5-7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily will help supply the antioxidants your body needs to combat inflammation. To supplement fruit and vegetable intake, Thai-Go is an excellent antioxidant beverage. It contains mangosteen, an herb that contains xanthones. Xanthones are some of the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds known to modern science.
#6: Support the Adrenals
The adrenals produce the hormone cortisol, which keeps inflammation in check. Corticosteroid drugs mimic this hormone. Chronic stress, caffeine and sugar use exhaust these important glands and reduce their ability to control inflammation. Nervous Fatigue or Adrenal Support can help rebuild the adrenal glands and keep chronic inflammation in check. Yucca and Licorice Root are two herbs which have a cortisol-like action.
#7: Use Natural Anti-inflammatories
Nature has supplied us with many natural remedies that reduce chronic inflammation and promote tissue healing. IF Relief, Nerve Control and IF-C are all excellent formulas for reducing inflammation. IF-C works best for more acute inflammation. Nerve Control is helpful for inflammation and pain. IF Relief contains the xanthones with some powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. It's probably the most potent formula of the three.