Inflammation is one of life’s double edged swords. On the plus side, inflammation is one of the mechanisms through which our immune system fends off disease. It is also a big part of our body’s healing process when dealing with injury.
Unfortunately, excessive inflammation also plays a major role in many pathologies, particularly when it becomes systemic. This is a huge topic and I will only be able to briefly discuss this important issue in these few words.
Systemic inflammation often has its origins in the gut and digestive tract. Alcohol, gluten, processed foods and other factors can damage the lining of the gut, destroying the hair-like microvilli which line it. Over time, this can lead to irritable bowel and leaky gut syndrome, and eventually to various auto immune disorders. Auto immune diseases like asthma, eczema and lupus occur when the immune system becomes hyper active and begins attacking its own body. As the gut and digestive tract have such a large surface area (nearly two tennis courts) any inflammation therein quickly affects the entire body. Women are twice as likely to suffer from inflammation driven auto immune disorders as men, with emotional stress being a key factor. Some telltale signs of systemic inflammation are:
- Poor digestion: bloating, cramping, erratic digestion and elimination
- Poor blood sugar regulation: hyper insulimia, diabetes, elevated triglycerides
- High stress levels: elevated cortisol and C-reactive protein levels
- Auto immune diseases: asthma, eczema, lupus
- Poor exercise recovery
- Poor immune system
While systemic inflammation is a complex and difficult area to correct, the following guidelines can help.
- Dietary: remove or reduce known allergens (e.g., gluten, alcohol and processed foods) and include enzyme rich fermented foods in the diet (e.g., miso soup, sauerkraut)
- Keep blood sugar stable: eat an unprocessed organic diet with a low glycaemic load. Use organic Ceylon cinnamon to improve blood sugar regulation and PH.
- Lifestyle: remove or reduce stressors wherever possible. Utilise breathing, Tai Chi, or other restorative techniques for counteracting the inevitable stress that is a part of everyday life.
- Supplements: there are many supplements that can also help. Individuals should always consult with a trained practitioner. Molecularly distilled fish oil capsules and cold pressed organic coconut oil are two which I regularly recommend and which are well tolerated by most people.
Lastly, many thanks for the positive feedback on my last blog (Be a Social Climber!). By thinking globally and acting locally we can affect positive change in our lives.
Yours in health,
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