Understanding the physiology of inflammation gives us an insight into why inflammation is now the being linked to so many chronic disease process.:
Inflammation is one of the first responses of the immune system to infection, irritation or injury. Inflammation is stimulated by chemical factors released by injured cells and serves to establish a physical barrier against the spread of infection, preventing further tissue damage while at the same time promoting the repair of damaged tissue.It is important to understand the body’s ability to elicit this inflammatory response is critical to the organisms survival. When the immune system operates in a balanced fashion, the process is self-limiting and largely beneficial. But the dysfunction that results from a wide variety of systemic imbalances can lead to a loss of regulatory control, in which case the process becomes perpetual and destructive to the host.
Diseases are named after the area that becomes inflamed first, i.e. arthritis, colitis. Disease processes would also include: Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and eczema. These are only the tip of the iceberg, science has shown us that unchecked systemic inflammation can lead to conditions such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, depression and possibly autism. Support is increasingly growing for the contention that ALL chronic illness has a significant inflammatory component.
The primary roles of a healthy, balanced immune system are:
- Identify potentially infectious or injurious substances (necrotic cellular debris)
- Distinguish self -antigens (non-threatening) from non-self (threatening)
- Assess the potential level of threat posed by infectious, toxic or non-self- antigens.
- Mount a response that is appropriate to the level of threat.
- Repair any damage that ensues from adversarial encounters.
Influences to inflammatory imbalance
- Stress: impacts the gut, adrenals, immune response.
- Hormonal influences: cortisol levels are often decreased along with DHEA and Testosterone.
- Environmental and Xenobiotic influences: Heavy metals, pesticides and hormones in foods long with food allergies, chronic exposure to molds, and Vitamin D deficiencies.
- Gastrointestinal and Mucosal influences: Antibiotics breaking down the flora, lining immune response, vitamin absorption and production-leading to malnutrition Leaky gut and systemic inflammatory conditions.
- Nutritional influences: SAD diet, diets high in fats, preservatives and chemicals, diets with a high glycemic load.
Dietary approaches to repairing the body
Anti-inflammatory Diet/Detoxification diet:
- Reducing inflammation: Begin with a colon/liver cleanse cleans: 30-60 day depending on your health concerns:
- Removing allergenic foods: by removing the top 5 and re-introduce individually to determine whether you should have them back in your diet.
- Antioxidants: why Antioxidants: Free radicals are formed with stress, poor diets, lack of exercise and extreme exercise, xenobiotic, drugs and medications, sun, products put on the skin.
- Chelated minerals: minerals are the building block for all enzymatic action along with being the primary buffering mechanism to maintain blood PH of 7.3-7.45. A symptom of mineral deficiency is: hungry but you do not know what you want?
- Supplemental approaches to repairing the immune system:
- Enzymes: Systemic or metabolic Proteolytic enzymes containing pancreatin, bromalain, protease etc. These enzymes pass through the gut wall and into the blood stream and act like a macrophage, consuming the protein based inflammatory elements in the blood stream.
- Vitamin D levels: 30-100: optimal level 50-70.
- Herbs that work as natural anti-inflammatories: Devils Claw and Cat’s Claw: both of which act like an anti-inflammatory COX-2 inhibitor (VIOX) Willow Bark, Boswellia, and ginger.
Individuals with complex health concerns should seek guidance when starting this type of program.