Time Magazine declared inflammation to be
“The Secret Killer”
Here are just a few of the illnesses that research shows can result from prolonged or chronic inflammation:
1. Alzheimer’s disease.
Chronic inflammation is known to possibly play a role in the destruction of brain cells involved in memory.
2. Heart disease.
The leading cause of death in America has been linked to chronic inflammation, which damages blood vessels and contributes to plaque formation.
There are many forms of arthritis, but they all have one thing in common… inflammation in and around the joints.
Chronic inflammation can both be an underlying cause and a long-term consequence of the elevated blood sugar seen in diabetes.
5. Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema (COPD).
Wheezing and difficulty breathing are the result of airway constriction and inflammation.
It has been shown that some individuals with autism have chronic activation of the inflammatory response.
7. Colitis and Crohn’s disease.
The lining of the digestive tract becomes riddled with inflammation, which destroys the integrity of the intestines and can lead to serious, painful, and devastating symptoms.
Inflammation results in reactions that attack the vascular, myelin, and connective tissues, which can trigger nerve irritation and chronic pain.
9. Psoriasis and Eczema.
These two common skin disorders may look different but they share a common underlying cause… unchecked inflammation.
10. Tendonitis and Bursitis.
The tendons and the bursae of any joint in the body can be affected… and the results can be debilitating. Repetitive strain causes chronic inflammation within these sensitive connective tissues.
11. Celiac disease.
Exposure to gluten in people with celiac disease leads to chronic inflammation that destroys the lining of the intestines and can lead to devastating effects inside and outside of the gastrointestinal tract.
12. Autoimmune disease.
This whole family of diseases has inflammation at their core. The result is an immunological attack on tissues in the body.
13. Thyroid disease.
Inflammation can damage the thyroid gland and, as a result, cause it to become underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism).
With chronic inflammation being at the root of so many diseases, it’s no wonder a large number of modern treatments center around suppressing the inflammatory process.
This makes sense.
If you have pain, you want to get rid of it.
If something’s harming you, you want to stop it from doing so.
And if inflammation is at the root of chronic conditions like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and gastro intestinal disorders, you want to suppress it. But how?
Pharmaceutical companies spend millions of dollars each year researching this. However, the process by which they try to eliminate the inflammation has potential dangers. You see, NOT ALL INFLAMMATION IS BAD. The body needs a certain amount of inflammation to heal. It’s the rampant, out of control inflammation that is causing so many issues. And the cause of the inflammation is often difficult to avoid and eliminate from the body.
Common sources of inflammation include: stress, trauma, injury, and countless foods such as wheat, dairy, meat, sugar, refined foods, additives, GMO’s, acidic producing foods, preservatives, agricultural byproducts, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, air and water borne chemicals, and preservatives. Consequently it is important to eat a balanced, nature based, wholefoods diet, consisting of fresh, organic, minimally process/refined foods as close to the way nature created them as possible. And include extra inflammation reducing foods such as fresh, raw, fruits, berries, vegetables, pineapple for the bromelain, antioxidants, wild salmon, nuts and seeds, Quinoa, coconut oil, olive oil, free range eggs and grass fed meats in small amounts. Plus use spices such as Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic and Himalayan Salt (contains over 80 trace minerals).