Inflammation is an immune response and is part of the body’s natural defence against injury and disease. Redness, swelling, heat, pain…they may not be fun but they are vital reactions to a healthy inflammatory response. CHRONIC inflammation, caused by ongoing stress, fatigue, pain, suffering and disease on the other hand, is not healthy.
Our bodies are designed to cope with a certain amount of inflammation. Most people have heard of the fight or flight response which is usually very short lived. However, in our modern world we have constant stresses going on day after day. It starts as a fairly silent disease which can be hard to detect but your body will eventually start to show signs. Allergies, skin problems and food intolerance are common as the first cries for help. Don’t ignore them!
Apart from external stress, we eat a highly inflammatory diet which causes acidity in our body which in turn can lead to arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Most of us are not really aware that certain foods can cause these terrible diseases. There are millions of people who honestly believe that life is a lottery and you have to make the best of the cards you are dealt. People even expect to have some measure of disease as they get older – not realising that most diseases are caused by lifestyle and diet and it is within their control to do something about it.
To add to the confusion, the daily staples and Government guidelines for our diet like whole grains, milk, and processed fruit juice are in fact some of the most inflammatory foods around. They wreak havoc in our digestive tract, punching holes in it and allowing large proteins to escape into our blood. Our own body sees these proteins as foreign invaders and attacks them. When you own body attacks itself as an overreaction to inflammation it can result in hard to cure auto immune diseases like, psoriasis, lupus, M.S. fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
The elderly are especially vulnerable to this sort of unchecked inflammation since the body loses the ability to “down-regulate” inflammation with age. Overactive sports people can also fall into this category – especially the ones who, although they are constantly getting injured and are in pain, continue to play – with the help of over the counter painkillers.
A special blood test for C. Reactive Protein is a good place to start if you feel you may have excess inflammation in your body. If it is the case then take a good look at your diet, lifestyle and how many painkillers you need to get by on a daily basis. Make the changes now if you want to enjoy a quality of life without the restraints of unnecessary pain and disabilities later on.