Are you hot? Of course you are. 

But your attractiveness has nothing to do with an out of control inflammatory response that may be raging somewhere in your body.

Why should I be concerned?

Normally, inflammation is part of a healthy immune response, an orchestrated and coordinated effort the body uses to help heal injury and fight infection—think redness, pain, swelling. But the process can spin out of control as chronic ‘hidden’ inflammation pops up throughout the body when the immune system disengages the shut-off button. Then, these areas of your body become just plain ‘HOT’ even though you may not feel it. What ignites the ‘fires within’ differs from person to person:

  1. Not enough high water content foods leading to congestion and a breakdown of the acid-buffering capabilities of the body (think too much meat, sugar, processed foods and not enough salad, veggies and low-sugar fruit for balance)
  2. Not drinking enough pure water
  3. Repeated or prolonged infections that have been ignored
  4. Smoking
  5. Obesity
  6. Eating foods you are potentially sensitive to such as gluten and soy
  7. Prolonged stress
  8. Overexposure to toxic chemicals or drugs
  9. Vitamin ‘D’ and mineral deficiencies

Inflammation: A Root Cause of Disease

Inflammation is one of the ‘hottest’ areas of medical research (excuse the pun). Researchers are linking many chronic diseases to an ever-widening array of health problems all connected and potentially caused by an endless trickle of immune cells interfering with the body’s healthy tissues. Some of these diseases include cancer, cardiovascular issues, diabetes and even obesity (fat cells churn out inflammatory proteins called cytokines) among many others. Two examples of the connection between seemingly unrelated diseases and persistent inflammatory pathways are rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease and hypertension and Alzheimer’s.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that colon cancer patients who took a daily dose of anti-inflammatory aspirin reduced their risk of dying from the disease by nearly a third. But experts also say that medications aren’t the only antidote to hidden inflammation because of their side effects. Sensible lifestyle changes work too.inflammation_chart

Difficult social relationships can be a problem.

It’s worthwhile to note that both conflict within relationships and problems integrating into society have also been related to inflammatory processes. Difficult social relationships can impact inflammatory bio-markers. These associations have been observed across the life span in both healthy participants and individuals with chronic medical conditions. This is just one example of how constant never-ending stress of any kind can be a major cause of rogue inflammatory responses.

What can I do to keep chronic inflammation away?

While there are many known causes of how the fires of inflammation get fanned, there are still many unknown.

However, here is what you can do right away to help your body prevent and heal tissue inflammation:

  1. Eat lots of veggies, salads, low sugar fruits and some gluten-free grains. A plant based diet is always healthier for everyone.
  2. Eat organic foods if possible.
  3. Do not overeat animal products (poultry, fish, eggs). Avoid dairy and red meat entirely.
  4. Avoid junk foods. The wrong kinds of fats, sugars and the nasty chemicals in them are major contributors to inflammation.
  5. Avoid foods and beverage that cause you symptoms such as itching, burning, sneezing, coughing or even those that make you feel ‘antsy’ or ‘blue.’
  6. Drink sufficient pure water for your body’s requirements.
  7. Do not overexercise – be active, but don’t overdo it.
  8. Get adequate sleep and rest.
  9. Have your Vitamin ‘D’ levels checked and consider taking a multiple mineral supplement if you have neglected your health for years and have suffered unrelenting stress.
  10. Ask your doctor to order a CRP (C-Reactive Protein) test to determine your risk for inflammation. Your health practitioner may order other tests as well.

There are proven natural remedies such as turmeric which have been shown to reduce inflammation. Foods and supplements that are rich on Omega-3 fatty acids also help to minimize and arrest chronic inflammation when you concurrently practice a healthy lifestyle. Research and observation has shown that inflammation, and the risks of the multitude of chronic diseases it brings, can be managed.

Reducing inflammation is one of the most important parts of our Shift 9 Program. Join our Next Step*New Life Community if you haven’t done so already and start a discussion in our Next Step*New Life forum. Make a comment in response to this post. Let’s start talking about this important subject. Get informed – your life may depend upon it.