Inflammation — To a large degree YOU are in the driver seat to head toward health or disease.
This is Part 2 of a three-part series.
What causes Inflammation?
What can we do to prevent it?
Inflammation, just like a fever, is not a bad thing in itself. It is the body’s immune system response, the way your body naturally fights foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.
But just like a fever can be dangerous if it’s out of control — inflammation becomes a problem if it is out of control. If the body is constantly triggered to fight, the immune system is in constant battle mode – it is detrimental to our health.
Some possible causes of Acute and Chronic Inflammation
- Exposure to chemicals
- Unhealthy diet
- Junk food
- Processed food
- High sugar foods and beverages (candy, soda)
- Vegetable Oils (too much omega 6, unbalances the healthy ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3)
- Fried food
What can we do to fight inflammation?
- Keep your environment clean.
- Wash hands judiciously to prevent viral and bacterial illnesses, especially after using the restroom and before preparing foods.
- Wash your produce thoroughly before eating.
- If you are injured, cleanse the wound safely and cover with a clean bandage. Seek medical aid if needed.
Exposure to Chemicals
IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME:
- Be vigilant. Minimize your exposure to chemicals. Do not instantly believe that just because the government allows the sale of a product, it makes it safe. The FDA only tests 10% of products sold. (Example: Roundup).
- Do your research. Use products you have verified as safe.
- Use natural products if at all possible.
- Be cautious about:
- Household cleaners
- Chemical Fumes
- Insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers
ON YOUR SKIN:
- Be careful about what you use on your body. Your skin is your largest organ. It absorbs everything you put on it.
- Shampoo, conditioner
- Hair color
- Styling products
- Skin care
- Make sure your products are safe, botanically based, without dangerous chemicals and toxic substances. Don’t simply trust what is on the store shelf. Read all labels and stay informed.
- The FDA has little to no rules about substances in personal care products. It is up to you to verify that what you use is safe.
- Our genes are unique to us. Just as our eye color is part of our genetic makeup, so are those genes that make us susceptible to diseases like cancer. The GOOD NEWS is, scientists have found that cancer genes for instance, can be turned on and turned off. We have more control over our genes than we previously thought. Our exposure to toxins and the food we eat has an impact on our genes and how they react.
- What we expose our bodies to, and especially what we eat, plays a large role in developing inflammation, which can lead to chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and more.
As I mentioned in Part 1, Hippocrates had it right when he said:
All disease starts in the gut.
Hippocrates (4th century BCE)
Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. Today we have proof. Scientific research has proven his theory was correct.
What we eat is one of the strongest indicators and contributors to health. Unhealthy food on the other hand, contributes to weight gain, inflammation, and disease.
The great news is, we have control over what we eat. It puts us in the driver seat. We can head toward health or toward disease. Our choice.
What to do:
What you breathe in, what you put on your skin , and what you eat contributes to health or disease.
Minimize your exposure to substances that harm your body.
Leave out unhealthy foods that lead to inflammation and disease. You gut will feel better and your body will thank you.
- Processed food
- Junk food
- Baked Goodies
- Soda and other high-sugar beverages
- Vegetable oils
- Trans fats
- Fried foods
- Refined carbs
- Wheat flour
- Artificial Sweeteners
Replace unhealthy foods that contribute to inflammation with nourishing, healthy, anti-inflammatory foods that heal your body and give you energy – the kind of food your body craves.
What to eat
In Part 3 we will discuss Anti-inflammatory Foods and Lifestyle changes to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system and protect against disease.
There is a rainbow of tasty but healthy foods and tons of recipes that help your body fight for you.
Let’s fight for health together!
Please remember to consult with your physician about any health issues you have. Eating healthy and exercise contributes to better health but does not replace visiting and consulting with your physician.