Everything You Need to Know to Protect yourself from Dangerous Inflammation, the root of all disease. - How to Lower Inflammation
Inflammation - Normal and Abnormal
We need inflammation in our body for normal detox and repair otherwise we would have infection constantly but too much inflammation causes serious problems. There are no symptoms when working properly, but when your body becomes swollen, immobile, in pain and often times people go to the doctor and are given pills that make the pain go away. Now, if you are on painkillers long enough, which most people are… your doctor will order regular liver blood panel tests. This is because many of the pain medicine out there can actually shut off the primary pathway of detoxification, making the vicious cycle of pain even worse! (More problems with conventional medicine are mentioned below) If you are in pain, see my blog here on powerful natural ways to relieve pain (part 2 of inflammation).
This Video explains what inflammation is and some of the main causes:
Problems occur if you have:
Redness, warmth, pain, swelling, more than normal waist size, and loss of functions - all unhealthy version of inflammation. You can see if you have too much inflammation by testing your fasting insulin level which should be at two or three.
Two of the Biggest Factors Causing Inflammation:
- Stress is a huge factor – often people who take up a regular practice of meditation notice they lose weight and don’t know why and it is because their stress, inflammation, and cortisol is lowered.
- Standard American diet – low fat high carbohydrate, high omega-6 vegetable oils (soybean, corn, sunflower oils). These all cause insulin to rise, weight gain, as we become more insulin-resistant, leading to type 2 diabetes and is compared to taking sandpaper to your veins, causing inflammation. The Omega 6 to 3 ratio that should be 3:1 but is typically 30:1 in the typical American diet.
Here are some other contributors that add to chronic pain and inflammation:
• Artificial Sweeteners
• High amounts of caffeine
• Processed food
• Trans Fats
• Omega 6 Fatty Acids
• Lack of sleep
These are all things you should not consume or do when you are in pain. This inflammation not only causes cancer, and other diseases, but cancer cannot grow without it.
How to Lower Inflammation:
In order to prevent or stop inflammation, you need to:
Stop smoking, avoid fried foods and trans-fats, sugar, refined grains (pasta and breads), a sedentary lifestyle or sitting all day at work, GMO’s (shown to cause inflammation and other illness), stop using vegetable oils, avoid caffeine, pasteurized dairy, and processed/packaged/prepared foods.
Herbs: (Can also be used as simple spices)
Cayenne, chamomile, boswelia, cardamom, aloe (See my blog here on how to prepare and eat Aloe), and spices cloves, black pepper, ginger, rosemary and turmeric.
Matcha green tea is the most nutrient rich and comes in stone-ground unfermented powder. it has 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries and 7 times more than dark chocolate. (click pictures for links on the left.) Tulsi teas is also loaded with anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
Here are some more things you should do to further prevent dangerous inflammation:
Sleep Deprivation causes inflammation possibly leading to Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other conditions.
- See how much sleep you need here
- Herbs to help you sleep
- And the end all strategy of using light & circadian rhythm to sleep
2. Supplement Omega 3’s
3. Green Vegetables
The enzymes, phytochemicals and nutrients will help to bolster and repair your cells. (See my breakfast blog here for my recommended greens)
4. Eating Probiotic Foods
Since our body is made up of more than 80% water it is important to hydrate. See my blog here on why and how to filter it. I like to put Himalayan pink salt in my water, (see my blog about Sole here) since we are in fact salt water beings. This also helps to strengthen bones.
Two powerful anti-inflammatories and my favorite herbs. As explained in my video here on how to make it, I like to add black pepper and coconut oil to increase the bioavailability of by 1000 times.
7. Epsom Salt Bath / Magnesium oil
Bath flakes are mostly magnesium and sulfate and over 80% of us are deficient in it. It helps lower inflammation but also calms the mind and body while detoxifying. See here how to make the magnesium oil to put on your skin everyday.
8. Essen tial oils
For relaxation (and lowering inflammation) I like to defuse lavender or put peppermint on the back of my neck, which feels like soothing ice. I also like to take a couple drops of Frankincense under my tongue before my meditation, which helps for both inflammation and decalcifying the pineal gland. Here are some of the benefits of the top EO's for inflammation:
1. Lavender – this is probably the most famous EO for pain relief and relaxation. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and sedative properties and it helps to relieve muscle tension and spasms, joint pain and headache. Lavender is also one of my top 5 E.O.'s for allergy relief. As an anti-inflammatory solution, lavender is great for joint and muscle stiffness. To use as massage oil, add 5 drops to 10ml of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. A lavender bath or compress are also effective for aching muscles.
2. Peppermint – good for muscle and joint pain, headache and nerve pain.
3. Frankincense – has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as a mild sedative. It’s also used to alleviate stress and relieve pain.
4. Rosemary Oil - As an anti-inflammatory remedy, you can use it as a massage oil, especially to treat muscular pains and rheumatism. Rosemary oil can help stimulate circulation. It increases blood flow to the muscles and warms the massaged area to reduce inflammation, as well as relieve pain. Adding a few drops to a hot bath can not only help you combat headaches effectively, but treat muscular and joint pains too.
There is only one company I use that has Therapeutic Grade Organic Ess ential Oils but due to FDA regulations, they have asked me not to mention their name in my blogs. For links email me at email@example.com
9. Supplements (taken daily as a preventative)
Astaxanthin & Resveratral – see my blog here for other supplements I personally take and recommend.
- Astaxanthin – This is my favorite supplement. It is one of the most powerful Antioxidants, great for the eyes, brain health, joint pain and arthritis, and a kind of internal sunscreen. Unlike most other antioxidants it protects the outside as well as the inside of the cell. While other antioxidants handle only 1 free radical at a time, this one can handle up to 19. It is said to be 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 500 times stronger than vitamin E, 3,000 times stronger than resveratrol and quercetin. Unlike other antixoidants, Astaxanthin will never become a pro-oxidant, meaning that once depleted and exhausted most antioxidants, “switch teams” so to speak, and become a pro-oxidant free radical. (click picture for a link)
− Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in certain fruits, vegetables and cocoa that is emerging as a modern-day fountain of youth. It works by preventing your body from creating sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D -- two molecules known to trigger inflammation. The science surrounding this compound is so compelling that it has become one of my all-time favorite antioxidants, and I believe one that shows real promise of health benefits.
Western medicine is finnaly catching up to prove the benefits of acupuncture.
Another thing TCM has always known that Western Medicine is catching up on. A recent study showed that Tai Chi can reduce inflammation in breast cancer survivors. The focus with this exercise is slow movement and deep breathing, thus reducing stress levels and in turn, reducing inflammation (and disease).
Problems with Most Conventional Inflammation Treatments
Conventional medicine will recommend anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and NSAIDs when treating inflammation, but Dr. Mercola and many others strongly advise against them. Dr. Mercola publicly warn against these drugs in the late ‘90s, including about Vioxx, which ended up killing more than 60,000 people from strokes and heart attacks.
Statins are also now frequently prescribed to individuals who have normal cholesterol levels if they have elevated C-reactive protein levels, to combat inflammation, and presumably reduce their risk of developing heart disease.
But taking a statin in this case will NOT resolve the underlying problem causing the increase in inflammation and will expose you to an abundance of statin-related side effects.
The third drug often given to people with inflammation is the corticosteroid prednisone. This immunosuppressive drug, though necessary in some cases, is associated with serious long-term side effects such as cataracts, bone loss, weakening of the immune system, and many others. One of the most serious complications from prednisone is the risk of osteoporosis, which occurs from the bone loss.
Although prednisone is indeed occasionally needed and can actually be life saving, it is nearly always a poor choice to use for the long term. Prednisone will cover up the disease, but it is the underlying dysfunction -- the cause of the disease -- that must be repaired. (taken from - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/08/what-you-need-to-know-about-inflammation.aspx)
Cholesterol and Inflammation - What's the Connection?
Inflammation has become a bit of a buzzword in the medical field because it has been linked to so many different diseases. And one of those diseases is heart disease... the same heart disease that cholesterol is often blamed for. What am I getting at? Well, first consider the role of inflammation in your body.
What is the purpose of inflammation:
In many respects, it's a good thing as it's your body's natural response to invaders it perceives as threats. If you get a cut for instance, the process of inflammation is what allows you to heal. Specifically during inflammation:
- Your blood vessels constrict to keep you from bleeding to death
- Your blood becomes thicker so it can clot
- Your immune system sends cells and chemicals to fight viruses, bacteria, and other "bad guys" that could infect the area
- Cells multiply to repair the damage
Ultimately, the cut is healed and a protective scar may form over the area. If your arteries are damaged, a very similar process occurs inside of your body, except that a "scar" in your artery is known as plaque. This plaque, along with the thickening of your blood and constricting of your blood vessels that normally occur during the inflammatory process, can indeed increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Notice that cholesterol has yet to even enter the picture. Cholesterol comes in because, in order to replace your damaged cells, it is necessary. See my blog here on why you should not use drugs to lower your cholesterol, (coming soon) otherwise you are damaging your health.
Remember that no cell can form without Cholesterol. So if you have a bunch of damaged cells that need to be replaced, your liver will be notified to make more cholesterol and release it into your bloodstream. This is a deliberate process that takes place in order for your body to produce new, healthy cells. It's also possible, and quite common, for damage to occur in your body on a regular basis. In this case, you will be in a dangerous state of chronic inflammation. The test usually used to determine if you have chronic inflammation is a C-reactive protein (CRP) blood test. CRP level is used as a marker of inflammation in your arteries. Generally speaking:
- A CRP level under 1 milligrams per liter of blood means you have a low risk for cardiovascular disease
- 1 to 3 milligrams means your risk is intermediate
- More than 3 milligrams is high risk
Even conventional medicine is warming up to the idea that chronic inflammation can trigger heart attacks. But they stop short of seeing the big picture. In the eyes of conventional medicine, when they see increased cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream, they conclude that it -- not the underlying damage to your arteries -- is the cause of heart attacks. Which brings me to my next point.
Other lifestyle changes to Lower Inflammation, and Thereby Your Risk of Heart Disease.
There is a major misconception that you must avoid foods like eggs and saturated fat to protect your heart. While it's true that fats from animal sources contain cholesterol but this misguided principle is based on the "lipid hypothesis" -- developed in the 1950s by Ancel Keys -- that falsely linked dietary fat to coronary heart disease. The nutrition community of that time completely accepted the hypothesis, and encouraged the public to cut out butter, red meat, animal fats, eggs, dairy and other "artery-clogging" fats from their diets -- a radical change at that time.
What you may not know is that when Keys published his analysis that claimed to prove the link between dietary fats and coronary heart disease, he selectively analyzed information from only six countries to prove his correlation, rather than comparing all the data available at the time -- from 22 countries. As a result of this "cherry-picked" data, government health organizations began bombarding the public with advice that has contributed to the diabetes and obesity epidemics going on today: eat a low-fat diet. Not surprisingly, numerous studies have actually shown that Keys' theory was wrong and saturated fats are healthy, including these studies from Fallon and Enig's classic article The Skinny on Fats:22
- A survey of South Carolina adults found no correlation of blood cholesterol levels with "bad" dietary habits, such as use of red meat, animal fats, fried foods, butter, eggs, whole milk, bacon, sausage and cheese.23
- A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.24
Of course, as Americans cut out nutritious animal fats from their diets, they were left hungry. So they began eating more processed grains, more vegetable oils, and more high-fructose corn syrup, all of which are nutritional disasters. It is this latter type of diet that will eventually lead to increased inflammation, and therefore cholesterol, in your body. So don't let anyone scare you away from saturated fat anymore. Chronic inflammation is actually caused by a laundry list of items such as:
- Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs)
- Eating lots of sugar and grains
- Eating foods cooked at high temperatures
- Eating trans fats
- A sedentary lifestyle or sitting disease
- Emotional stress
So to sum it all up, in order to lower your inflammation and cholesterol levels naturally, you must address these items.
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