Is Inflammation the Root of Disease?
Updated: Nov 12, 2018
Inflammation has long been a well-known symptom of many infectious diseases, in fact, modern research shows that chronic inflammation may be the common factor not only contagious but also cancers and autoimmune disorders.
Inflammation is part of the immune response and depends both on the physical actions of white blood cells and the chemicals that they produce: antibodies, cytokines, and so forth. Immunologists describe inflammation as dependent on two basic processes. The first, innate immunity, relies on granulocytes and complement. The second process, adaptive immunity, is explicitly directed at microbes that have invaded the body previously. As pathogens face elimination, suppressor T cells turn down the inflammatory response, so the regeneration of tissue can begin.
Acute inflammation starts suddenly but dissipates after a couple of days, such as with a sore throat, acute bronchitis, or acute sinusitis. Chronic inflammation, however, can stick around for months and even years. Chronic inflammation occurs when the source of inflammation remains, rather than being removed. Some diseases associated with chronic inflammation include asthma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammation can stem from poor dietary choices and sedentary lifestyles. When we consume toxin packed food and expose our bodies to environmental toxins, our immune system undergoes a negative impact. When the body suffers the burdening of toxins for extended periods of time, the toxins build up in the body and turn on an immune response that stays in a highly reactive state. Triggering foods include but are not limited to trans-fats, hydrogenated fats, sugar, refined carbohydrates, conventional animal products and conventional dairy. Environmental triggers consist of food pollutants, toxic metals such as mercury, lack of sleep and stress. Other causes of inflammation include dysbiosis which is an imbalance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, and food allergies or sensitivities and H pylori, which causes sores and ulcers in your stomach and small intestine.
Not treating inflammation can lead to early signs of aging, increased susceptibility to infection, cancer, acid reflux, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, candidiasis, urinary tract infections, skin conditions, diabetes and bronchitis. Growing evidence suggests that diseases with inflammatory components are treatable through physical exercise, rather than pharmacology with physical activity changing the circulating levels of insulin, insulin-related pathways, inflammation and immunity.
Reducing inflammation can be done by introducing your body to an anti-inflammatory diet as well as lowering stress through daily meditation and mindfulness, getting tested for food allergies, get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night and including light to moderate exercise in your weekly routine.
While some dietary changes are more difficult than others when reducing inflammatory foods, it is necessary to reduce chronic pain and benefit your overall health. Increasing intake of anti-inflammatory foods and incorporating other natural remedies into your routine, you will not only feel better but also look better.