Most Americans suffer from this and don't even know it. Most don't even feel it!
It's important to know if you have this too because it's associated with cardiovascular disease, arthritis, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases and more.
What is this mystery I speak ok?
Chronic inflammation can be very troublesome because it can increase your chances of experiencing one of the above mentioned diseases.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is our body's natural response to foreign invaders or irritation. Our white blood cells and the substances they produce (our immune system) are in place to protect us from foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.
Inflammation should be temporary. For example, if you sprain your wrist, you'll experience swelling (inflammation). This is your body's natural response telling you to not use your wrist until the swelling goes down so you don't do further damage to it and give it proper time to heal.
This inflammatory process is a good thing. The problem occurs when we experience inflammation chronically, which is not a good thing.
Chronic inflammation can lead to arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, periodontal disease, autoimmune diseases and more, after days, months and years of regular irritation and inflammation.
In the case of cardiovascular disease, many people aren't aware they're experiencing inflammation because they don't feel it unlike allergies or Crohn's disease, making it more difficult for us to identify there's a problem.
How to Test for Inflammation
Despite not being able to feel inflammation from cardiovascular disease, there's a simple, non-invasive test your doctor can perform to test for inflammation.
Ask your doctor for a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. If your doc finds your results are above normal, this means you have inflammation somewhere in your body. Work with a competent practitioner to determine the type of inflammation you have, then follow these 3 steps to help relieve and eliminate inflammation.
The 3 Steps You Need to Take to Reduce, Prevent or Eliminate Inflammation
1. Eliminate or reduce your animal food intake. Animal foods a concentrated source of arachidonic acid which is a precursor to series 2 prostaglandin production which causes inflammation.
Eat a diet low in arachidonic acid (a whole foods, plant-based diet) as a fundamental step to reducing or eliminating inflammation. This means eating no more than 2-3 oz. of animal foods per week.
2. Take care of your gut! Diets high in animal and refined foods can compromise the beneficial bacteria in your gut which help prevent inflammation. Pathogenic bacteria love animal foods, another reason to omit or reduce them to no more than 2-3 oz per week.
Additionally, pharmaceutical grade probiotics are encouraged for certain people to aid in the gut healing process. Ask a competent practitioner which probiotics are right for you.
3. Lose that extra weight. Being overweight increases your risk for inflammation. Fat cells produce inflammatory cytokines. Every extra pound of unneeded fat increases your risk of inflammation. Just another reason to get serious about weight-loss.
Take Control Now Question
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