How Inflammation May be Hampering Your Health
Many people who try to lose weight and gain muscle experience unknown problems and have underlying health issues. Inflammation is one of these issues. Since it is not commonly understood and difficult to diagnose, it continues. By understanding the causes of inflammation, and making changes to your diet, you can lose weight easier and improve your health.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or an attack on the immune system, and your body can respond quickly. Normally, inflammation goes away after the assault on your body is overcome. If your body cannot overcome the problem with inflammation, then the immune system takes over.
Chronic inflammation itself is not the problem, but it is a sign of other problems, and it is caused by a poor diet, not genetics. Allergens cause inflammation, but most people are not aware of food allergies because the symptoms are delayed and subtle. Foreign chemicals cause an inflammatory reaction that blood tests can measure.
Inflammation plays a role in obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, irritable bowel syndrome, Chrohn’s, autoimmune disorders, Types I and II diabetes, hypoglycemia, arthritis, leaky gut, asthma, joint pain, allergies, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, kidney stones, eczema, acne, infertility, endometriosis, atherosclerosis, and many other diseases.
Causes of inflammation
Inflammation can be increased by sugar, starch, fried food, gluten (found in wheat and other grains) pasteurized dairy products, antibiotics, birth control pills, pesticides (found in all non-organic foods), soft drinks, diet soft drinks, meat (especially processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, and sausage), hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, polyunsaturated oils, MSG (which can be called yeast extract), table salt (but not natural sea salt), and foods cooked at high temperatures (pizza and baked foods). Unavoidable environmental toxins such as aluminum, mercury, industrial chemicals, and environmental toxins also contribute to inflammation.
Natural remedies for inflammation
Powerful anti-inflammatory foods include cherries, celery, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, peppermint, olive oil, chamomile and green tea. Omega-3 fatty acids have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, especially when they are consumed in a diet that reduces the omega-6 oils found in processed and fried foods. Rosemary, turmeric, and oregano oil are just a few of the herbs that have proven to fight inflammation. Stevia is a natural sweetener that can be used in drinks and cooking.
Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory that has been scientifically proven. It is found in many foods, including salmon and trout, which eat the algae, plants, and phytoplankton that produce astaxanthin. It has no known negative side effects, and it is also an antioxidant which benefits the brain, immune system, central nervous system, eyes, and skin, and can speed up recovery after workouts. A positive side effect is that it a natural internal sunscreen, so it protects you from sunburn and sun damage.
Ginger has been scientifically proven to prevent inflammation and to have anti-inflammatory effects, especially in the colon. Ginger is also a strong antioxidant, which increase blood flow to bodily extremities. Organically grown ginger root can be used as a spice, in smoothies, or as a supplement.
When shopping for herbal remedies, look for products that use supercritical extraction. Many companies use hexane, which is an explosive petrochemical. Supercritical extraction uses carbon dioxide that is pulled out of the air, used in the extraction process, and then allowed to evaporate from the mixture.
By understanding how inflammation affects your health, you can make simple changes. Within weeks, you will be reaping the benefits.