Inflammation | Causes, Symptoms & Natural Treatments

It may surprise you to know that there is a link between coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer.

This common link is inflammation.

Chronic inflammation at the cellular level is the root cause of most all diseases.

This is a serious concern that most regular MD’s aren’t treating. Rather, they are just prescribing Big Pharma medications to treat the symptoms of inflammation, rather than the causes of the inflammation itself.

Instead of taking a statin for the rest of your life to treat a symptom, seek out a natural doctor who will get to the cause of why your arteries are inflamed.

In order to get healthy, you have to get to the root of your problems first.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the natural response of the body’s immune system.

It depends on the body’s own immune cells but also on the chemicals it produces such as antibodies and cytokines.

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic.

Acute inflammation is normal and needed. It helps the body heal injuries and illness with an army of white blood cells. The army comes in and produces redness, inflammation, heat, and swelling. The goal is to heal the trauma or illness as quickly as possible in a controlled manner.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation is ongoing and usually uncontrolled. This is the type of inflammation that is associated with chronic disease.

Research has found chronic inflammation to occur as a result of too many fat cells in the body (obesity)1, an excess of toxins in the body2, leaky gut syndrome3, high homocysteine levels4, psychological stress5 and many other factors.

Why does it occur?

Systemic inflammation can be due to:

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • High homocysteine levels
  • Liver issues such as decreased ability to detox
  • The Standard American Diet including refined sugars, gluten, dairy, hydrogenated fats and processed foods
  • A lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Toxin exposure
  • Chronic stress and hormonal imbalances

What are some common symptoms of chronic inflammation?

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain
  • Periodontal gum disease
  • Mood imbalances
  • Skin issues like redness, itchiness or blotchiness
  • Allergies
  • Erectile dysfunction

What is an anti-inflammatory diet?

An anti-inflammatory diet can decrease inflammation, protect against disease, slow down aging, regulate metabolism and normalize blood sugar levels.

  1. Eat wild-caught fish like salmon at least 2-3 times per week. Time and time again, these omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to lower inflammation at the cellular level. Cold-water fish like salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel are all good options.

    Recipe: Summer salmon and cucumber salad

  2. Consume a lot of dark, green leafy vegetables. These have a wide variety of antioxidants to lower inflammation, reduce oxidative stress and protect against disease. Also try our Daily Greens powder in your morning shake to up your protective status.

    Recipe: Kale arugula pine nut salad

  3. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) and alliums (garlic, leeks, onions) are also good for fighting inflammation because they are high in antioxidants.

    Recipe: Sea salt and vinegar Brussels sprouts chips

  4. Beets have highly anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and antioxidant properties. They have been shown to be protective against diseases associated with inflammation and oxidative stress.

    Recipe: Roasted beets with herbed cashew dip

  5. Pineapple contains an important enzyme, called Bromelain, which is responsible for its therapeutic, anti-inflammatory properties. It can effectively lower inflammation and the pain associated with inflammation.

    Recipe: Pineapple ginger cleansing juice

  6. Spirulina, chlorella and seaweed are needed to decrease inflammation. They have a protective carotenoid compound found within them that makes them very anti-inflammatory.

    Recipe: Sesame seaweed salad

    *For an added salad boost, sprinkle with some superfood powder!

  7. Chili peppers are rich in a natural, anti-inflammatory compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin can interfere with inflammatory pathways in the body and drastically reduce pain.

    Recipe: Garden fresh chunky heirloom tomato salsa

  8. Tart cherries have polyphenolic compounds that are protective against oxidative stress and may aid in reducing inflammation in the body.

    Recipe: Anti-inflammatory cherry beetroot soup

  9. Drink bone broth. This gut-healing drink is highly anti-inflammatory and nourishing.

    Recipe: Grass-fed beef bone broth

  10. Green tea has a high level of polyphenolic compounds, which can stave off the process of inflammation. It is one of the most anti-inflammatory drinks.

    Recipe: Matcha turmeric latte

Which supplements are best?

If you have excessive inflammation, diet alone isn’t enough to decrease it. You need supplementation to get it under control. You also need to discover your cause of widespread inflammation. Get tested with the best testing in the world. Testing helps to determine risk and CAUSE of inflammation.

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What are other ways to reduce inflammation?

  • Get enough good quality sleep. Low levels of sleep have been linked to increased inflammation and disease development.
  • Use heart-protective spices Spices like turmeric, ginger and cinnamon have all been shown to reduce inflammation.

What are things to avoid?

  • Refined sugars, gluten, dairy and hydrogenated fats
  • Processed foods like chips, candy or other boxed goods
  • Certain oils like soybean or corn oil
  • Sugary beverages like soda or processed juice
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Toxic cleaners
  • Pesticide-laden food

Summary of information:

  • Inflammation is at the root of all disease. In order to fully heal, you’ve got to treat the root cause.
  • Chronic inflammation occurs as a result of many different factors. In order to control inflammation, you must control these factors.
  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet, change your lifestyle habits and use evidence-based supplements to eliminate inflammation in the body.

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