Tired, Achy, Inflammed

Reducing Inflammation

               Chronic inflammation is often felt as pain or fatigue,
                                  but is not always noticed.
 

Chronic inflammation increases the risk of many health problems from arthritis to diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer. It is called the silent killer because of the increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Inflammation is the body healing itself.    But when the stress of chronic irritants continues, or when the specific nutrients needed to meet that stress is lacking,  inflammation continues.

Repeated poor food choices present a chronic irritant that increases inflammation.
  The worst are foods commonly eaten:

Poor Quality Oils
                  

Many common foods contain large amounts of heated and modified oils for which Westerners have developed a habitual taste.  These stabilized oils are difficult for cells to use in building and maintaining their dynamic soap bubble-like cell walls.
                                              
Poor quality oils increase inflammation by leaving sticky or foamy residues which the body has to manage until they are eliminated. These oils are in excessive amounts in many common snack and fast foods, and cooking oils. 

Fresh oils are needed to build and maintain cell walls.  Some oils are essential vitamins in that the human body can not make them, and they must come from the diet.  Only small amounts of high quality oils are required for cell membranes to be highly functional.  The more poor quality oils eaten, the worse the problem.

The oils in vegetables are made bioavailable by lightly steaming them - easy for the body to absorb and use  But as they are processed and cooked, they increasingly lose their quality and become oxidized.  Eating oxidized oils makes the problem worse.


Oils in capsules, from flax seed oil to fish oil, can help with the imbalances caused by the common Western diet, but poor quality fish oils 
are often rancid, and worsen the problem.  Better is to address the cause of the problem by eating quality foods, than to use pharmacological doses to relieve symptoms caused by dietary imbalances.
   
                                                                       
Sugars and Starches


Chronic inflammation comes from repeated eating of high glycemic-index foods.  The result is that insulin spikes and rapidly lowers blood sugar.

Cells work best when they have a steady level of blood-sugar fuel.  The sugar highs from eating rapidly absorbed sugars, processed starches and other simple carbohydrates, the resulting insulin spikes, and the resulting rebound sugar lows are all alarming to the body, and require adaptive responses such as cell walls become insulin-resistant.

The stress of blood sugar imbalances
 affects cortisol and estrogen levels increasing inflammation and leads to diabetes, hormone imbalances and weight problems. 
Tasty Chemical Flavorings, Artificial Sweeteners and Stimulants


The flavoring of barbeque potato chips is one of many synthetic "natural" flavors.  Many flavorings are excitagens.  They wake people up by eliciting a stress response.

Giant snack food manufacturers have invested heavily in finding food additives that are exciting and addictive, to obtain "loyal customers" and "increase market share." Once a person has a favorite food, such a soda, they prefer it and may not like the taste of other sodas. 

These increase inflammation, especially in vulnerable individuals.  It is difficult for the body of many people to process these synthetic chemicals.  They can cause chronic allergic inflammatory symptoms such as headaches, sinusitis, fatigue, achy joints, and can irritate the kidney, bladder, liver or bowels when being eliminated. 

Stimulant drinks, artificial sweeteners, flavoring and coloring chemicals increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Too much sodium in the diet does not come from nutrient-rich salt such as sea salt, but from sodium based food additives.

Inflammation often occurs in response to such stressors, the white cells producing oxygen radicals to protect from irritants, and attempt to heal tissues.  Warm, swollen or painful areas may be seen or felt, as in arthritis, bursitis, reflux gastritis, colitis....the list goes on.

Many people habitually eat foods that are chronic irritants
  
                               
                                                   
Persistent Chemical Residues
 


Over 2 billion tons of pollutants are dumped into the environment annually. Many of these are called persistent organic pollutants because once they enter the human body they are held in body fat, until the body has the nutrient resources needed to detoxify and excrete them.

Toxic body burdens increase chronic inflammation. Scientific evidence recently reported in the news associates persistents organic pollutants with autoimmune disorders such as cancer and diabetes. Living near a freeway increases the incidence of autism and heart attacks.

Common diets often also contain irritating chemical residues such as pesticides and pollutants like BPA which are hormone disruptors.

Overweight ?

Having a waist greater than hip measurement is a strong indicator of the cardio-metabolic syndrome, with accompanying risks of inflammatory disorders such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer....the list goes on too.

Losing weight can increase chemical residues being released from the fat into the blood, worsening symptoms.  Detoxification makes losing weight less difficult.

Some people have stronger detoxification enzyme systems than other people. Healthy people eliminated toxic residues well. Nutrients that are necessary for effective detoxification are lacking in many common foods, even those that look good.

Lifestyle Choices to lose weight and decrease inflammation

Many people
are hungry because although they may be overfed with common foods, they are undernourished with the essential nutrients.

Eating quality foods, gentle exercise, and stress reduction techniques such as calm breathing and relaxation breaks reduce indicators of chronic inflammation and weight over time.

 
 
                                                                                             

Quality foods such as kale and brussel sprouts contain antioxidants, fibers and phytonutrients that up-regulate the detoxification system and help the body eliminate stored chemical irritants.  Light steaming is often the best preparation to provide food nutrients.  Quality foods increase detoxification abilities, and make weight loss more likely to be accomplished symptom-free.

Nutrient-dense food concentrates and medical foods and specific to meet individual needs generally make decreasing chronic inflammation and losing weight easier, faster and more efficient.

Consider Alternative Anti-inflammatories

Using h
igh-dose synthetic vitamins for specific reasons can have health benefits, but research show long-term high-dose use of some antioxidants can have the opposite result.

Although they can be helpful in crises, long-term use of NSAID such as ibuprofen, steroids such as prednisone, other anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can have serious adverse health effects.  They can also interfere with the healing aspects of inflammation.

Preventive health care has many advantages over waiting until a major health event requires crisis care.  Reducing chronic inflammation reduces health risk factors and can be very effective at diminishing present or future pain. 


Therapeutic Lifestyle                                        


Individual bodies are different and have differing needs.  We consider our job to help you find therapeutic lifestyle changes that are effective, as well as cost-effective, approaches that will work for you.

We use evaluation methods to help determine your individual needs. 

When considering nutrient supplements, realize that there are numerous sellers of cheap stuff that looks good because they have high numbers on the label, but are low in real health benefits.

We offer access to what we consider to be the best sources of food concentrates and medical foods. We realize that what you want is

          Therapeutic lifestyle changes fit to you !
 

Your can obtain from us a personal therapeutic lifestyle program tailored to fit your individual needs, which may include:

  • Initial and follow-up testing
  • Practitioner consultation
  • One-to-one lifestyle counseling
  • Solutions for staying active
  • Simple eating guidelines
  • Progress tracking
  • Nutritional product recommendations
  •  Program guidebook & educational materials  
 

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