Nov. 16, 2018; by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) There is a common thread linking chronic inflammation and many common diseases which opens up new possibilities for treatment and therapy modalities that block the inflammatory process. Therein lies the possibility that if you could eliminate inflammation and eliminate dis-ease, why wouldn’t you?
What is Inflammation?
A natural part of the immune response, inflammation is a process that depends on the physical actions of white blood cells and the chemicals they release like antibodies and cytokines. Researchers have identified many new immunological and inflammatory molecules and the pathways they interact in. The loops and feed-backs of these pathways mean inflammation could be triggered and turned back off in a variety of ways. The only time this is a problem when it is left on for no reason. (1)
Why does it occur?
There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation occurs when you are exposed to dangerous stimuli such as an injury or stay in the sun for an extended period of time. It becomes localized through redness, pain, and swelling which indicates that the healing process is doing what is designed to do. However, this process can go on too long and can be known as chronic inflammation. This happens long after the threat has left the body which means your immune cells have nothing left to attack expect for your own healthy cells.
This is creating a host of issues that most of us don’t know how to deal with in a natural, wholesome way to help support our immune systems but instead get prescribed something that only further exasperates inflammation in the body. This is dangerous and is not a road you want to go down.
Common causes of inflammation are:
- Chronic Stress
- Too Much Alcohol
- Lack of Sleep
- Too much Sugar
- Consuming too much packaged/process foods and fast foods
Inflammation can contribute to:
- cardiovascular disease
How Can We Prevent Inflammation?
In the same sense that inflammation is caused by our lifestyle choices, it can also be reversed by creating the opposite habit.
1. Consume more wholesome food choices that are proven to reduce inflammation like olive oil, tomatoes, green leafy veggies, nuts, fatty fish, strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges. 
2. Combat stress – researchers have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Find something to do every day that helps you to calm down such as a walk in a park, art, yoga, exercise of any kind, prayer or meditation. (3)
3. Cut back on sugar- carbs get a bad rep but they aren’t always bad for you. In fact they serve as your body’s main fuel and are crucial to energy and brain function. Of course having too much of them is not what you want either. Refined sugars and grains such as white rice, processed sugar, and white flour cause Type 2 diabetes when consumed in large quantities and are also pro-inflammatory foods. Limit your consumption of sugars and increase your consumption of essential nutrients. (4)
4. Go to bed earlier- if you are a night owl but have to be up early every morning for work you’re robbing your body of the healing time it deserves. You may see it as “you time” to stay up late but the real “you” time is in REM sleep! Trust me you don’t want to cut yourself out of the healing benefits that a good nights rest gives you. Maintain a sleep schedule that allows you to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. (5)
Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.
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