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Chronic inflammation raises concern and typically sticks around way past its welcome healing period and should be cause for concern. There are two types of inflammation: acute – helpful, when chronic – problematic.
Here I’ll be explaining, the differences in their helpful lifesaving immune response and how it can become problematic, even deadly in some cases.
Still, do you know inflammation is part of your body’s natural and healthy immune response?
I know, I know, inflammation is usually thought of as something bad, but it helps the body fight off illnesses and can actually protect you from harm.
Over three years ago I’ve had to deal with arthritis in both my hands. I even had to have surgery in the palm of my right hand and an inflammation injection into my left middle finger that was both very painful and shocking to the whole system of my body.
It had me bawling.
Now my knees are hurting more. I’m wondering is it the return to exercising after over a year of pandemic and not being active as usual or is it the beginning of something else.
In recent years anti-inflammatory diets and cleanses have gained popularity, with the notion of reducing illnesses through food and herbal medicine are nothing new. The thought is most underlying health issues are from inflamed body tissues.
I want you to know how you can take your health back into your own hands with science-based remedies and healthier dietary choices. You know how certain foods make you feel, pick and choose your cooking methods and eat what make you feel right, tastes good and have you feeling stellar.
To get you started I’ll be providing you with an anti-inflammatory antioxidant punch – the Berry Burst Smoothie recipe.
Juicing is a major part of my body’s self-care, and my putting disease prevention on your plate online program plan.
Acute inflammation is short-term and is your body’s natural immune response to tissue damage or to a foreign body that could cause infections.
Think of it this way. You see inflammation in action when the skin around your cut becomes red and swollen. In this case it is beneficial in its healing but if your body is constantly exposed or fighting off infections or injuries it ceases to help and starts to harm.
This is the normal response to your body’s recovery. How long this recovery aid takes depends on the injury or infection location and is typically short lived.
Chronic inflammation can be a health risk and is cause for concern. The human body, no one’s body, is meant to be chronically inflamed, though everyone is different.
This condition, chronic inflammation, occurs when you have an infection or when it is a response to disturbances to the tissues of your body.
Which can then have you experiencing damages to the artery walls caused by high blood pressure or high cholesterol, along with intra-abdominal fat, which secretes inflammatory chemicals.
Some of the other chronic conditions are rheumatoid arthritis, stress, a diet full of hydrogenated fats, toxins and radiation.
Over time it can lead to DNA damage, tissue death and even internal scarring.
Within your blood there are levels of inflammatory chemicals, and it rises in response to stressors to the body. It alerts the body that it is under attack, or something is wrong and set off a chain of events that creates a flood of inflammation.
Remember at the initial start of an infection, inflammation is part of the beneficial healing process.
White blood cells release its chemicals as a protective measure, where in this case it is plaque. When it is overwhelmed, the plaque may burst open and flows into the bloodstream.
The white blood cells, the inflammatory chemicals at work, sends out a distress signal triggering a clotting response. When the blood clots in the artery a heart attack or stroke can occur.
In the case of high blood pressure or high cholesterol chronic inflammation accelerates the growth of plaque in your artery walls which makes that plaque less stable.
That plaque can suddenly burst open creating a block.
It also contributes to insulin resistance raising the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, lung disease and even cancer.
Stop the inflaming process and start treating your existing chronic health issue and/or infections. That means you taking control.
An anti-inflammatory diet should be a variety of foods that are rich in nutrients, providing a wide range of antioxidants, containing healthful fats, lean protein, and spices – like ginger, probiotics and prebiotics, tea and some herbs.
All play an important part in the fight against unwanted inflammatory conditions.
Think of non-GMO, whole foods high in antioxidants like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, cacao, artichokes, red cabbage, pinto beans, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squash, among others.
In general, these are pretty good guidelines to live by. These anti-inflammatory guidelines are all part a plaque removing program that have your arteries naturally cleaning themselves.
How about you getting at least six hours of sleep each night. This is a great body rejuvenator and natural healing system at work.
‘Get physical, I want to get physical’… remember that song by Olivia Newton-John. What I am saying is do any form of exercise that you love moderately.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and the various phytonutrients in berries function as powerful antioxidants.
The increased consumption of berries decreased the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It also helps in the maintenance of bone strength, mental health, and healthful blood pressure.
Why not start your day with this antioxidant-rich cocktail. What are you waiting for….
1 cup blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries (berry of choice, or a mixture of fresh or frozen)
2 handfuls spinach or kale
1 cup coconut milk or another preferred nut milk such as almond
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
Nourishing your body is an act of self-care. I hope any changes you make leave you feeling healthier and lighter. Don’t forget we are of this earth and stand to reason that the truest and purest medicine would come from the earth - the natural world.
I want you to celebrate yourself and open yourself up to awareness by testing out some of the practical herbal remedies and foods we have in the anti-inflammatory program I have created.