Inflammation - The first alarm of deteriorating health
Is there a way to make your body less prone to diseases, there must be a hidden Brahma-astra, it's simple, by making a suitable environment for you and not for diseases!!
You must have heard from Nutrition companies as making your body Alkaline or in Ayurveda as balancing the "Vata, Pita and Cough", from Gym trainers as Increasing the Muscle Mass, having a healthy Lymph and blood channels, the list is on and on for different field of Health Practioners. Cold to Cancer, fatigue to Alzheimer's, somewhere we are responsible for making an invitation to Disease. Its like sleeping with the enemy and here my friend, guess what, who's the enemy? Its You, yes, you are the enemy!!!
So are you ready to make your body's environment suitable for you and not your enemy. If yes, read on.
The first thing in a medically measurable parameter is that your body gets free of Inflammation. Inflammation is the first warning sign and has been found to be associated with just about every health condition. Researchers are furiously investigating chronic inflammation’s effects on health and possible preventive medical applications. It’s “an emerging field,” says UCLA’s Dr. David Heber. “It’s a new concept for medicine.”
Why is it a new concept? Because modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, not addressing the root cause of an issue. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. Instead of taking a medication to reduce joint pain or lower cholesterol, we would be better served by reducing inflammation in the body.
Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, writes that inflammation is now recognized as the “underlying basis of a significant number of diseases.”
Although inflammation has long been known to play a role in allergic diseases like asthma, arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Edwards says that Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease may all be related to chronic inflammation in the body.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation isn’t always bad; It is the body’s natural defense against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc. It aims to remove these harmful or foreign invaders and heal itself. Inflammation can sometimes be mistaken for inflection, but the two are not the same. Infection can, however, cause inflammation because infection is caused by harmful substances like bacteria or fungus. In fact, inflammation is the body’s response to infection.
In this way, inflammation is good. But not always.There are two different types of inflammation. One type is acute inflammation; The other is chronic. While acute inflammation starts quickly and generally disappears in a few days, chronic inflammation can last for months or years as a result of failure to eliminate the cause and minor, repeated exposure to the agent.
A poor diet, stress, minor food allergies, a sedentary lifestyle and more can contribute to chronic inflammation. Let’s look at how a poor diet can contribute.
What Causes Inflammation?
What researchers believe is that an overactive immune system results in the body being flooded with defense cells and hormones that damage tissues. Dietary and environmental toxins may build up in the body, turning the immune system on and keeping it highly reactive.
Foods that promote inflammation are:
Corn syrup and soybean oils
Anti-Inflammatory Foods - anti-inflammatory foods such as fiber, fruits, vegetables and some teas (will discuss in detail in my next blog) have been used to combat cancer, and vitamin E, curcumin, acetylcarnitine and catechin have had positive and preventative effects on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases help to reduce damage caused by inflammation.
All the above foods are rich in Antioxidants, herb essences are very rich in antioxidants and the molecules are very small hence they are most effective way of combating inflammation and hence any disease at its root cause.
Sometimes it's quite funny and must have been experienced by all of us practicing Alternative medicine that the chronic disease cases even the malignancy, dialysis which normally the biggest hospitals in India find difficult to treat can be treated by Alternative because we can control the inflammation response inside the cell.
UCLA professor Greg Cole has been looking at how to control inflammation and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease with plant extracts .
The Healthy diet contains many anti-inflammatory constituents and has been shown to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The nutrients has also been linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Although it may not be the focus, most people who go on an anti-inflammatory Diet also lose weight. Tuft University Dr. Andrew Greenberg says, “There is no doubt that if you lose weight, inflammation is dramatically improved.” This is because excess fatty acids circulating in the blood promote the inflammatory immune response. By reducing inflammation, you place your body in a state that is conducive to healing “all foods fit into three categories: pro-inflammatory, neutral or anti-inflammatory.”
Some of Perricone’s anti-inflammatory “super-foods” are:
Allium vegetables (chives, garlic, leeks, onions, scallions and shallots)
Beans and lentils
Nuts and seeds
Dr. Andrew Weil has created a food pyramid of anti-inflammatory foods. A handful of the foods he recommends are
A minimum of 4 to 5 servings per day of beets, carrots, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale), dark, leafy greens (collard greens, kale, spinach), onions, peas, salad greens, sea vegetables and squashes
3 to 4 servings per day of apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, oranges, pears, pink grapefruit, plums, pomegranates, red grapefruit ..
And even people are unable to follow these dietary patterns exactly because of the financial condition or the place they belong to or sometimes just likes and dislikes in foods. The constituents of Spagyric essences provide them with all the essential nutrients to combat inflammation as well as fight any foreign pathogen and allergen inside the body.
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