Improve Health Through Healing Diet

Using Nutrition to fight Chronic Inflammation

 

In normal situations, inflammation is the body’s response to trauma, toxins, heat, or infections from foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses. The damaged cells release various chemicals like bradykinin (for blood vessel dilation), histamine (causing contraction of smooth muscle and dilation of capillaries), and prostaglandins (which cause inflammation, pain, and fever as part of the healing process).

The swelling caused by the dilation of blood vessels and capillaries is part of the immune system’s ability to sequester the foreign matter, thereby, isolating it from further contact with other tissue. The chemicals released during an inflammatory response signal and attract phagocytes (white blood cells) to the site of damaged cells to start the healing process.

Acute inflammation is short-term and beneficial to the body; however, chronic inflammation can be destructive. Chronic inflammation occurs when a malfunctioning immune system doesn’t “turn off” when it should. Chronic inflammation destroys healthy tissues and is being discovered to be the root cause of almost every ailment and disease.

Chronic inflammation can occur anywhere in the body and is damaging because it acts like a slow- burning fire that continues to stimulate pro-inflammatory immune cells. Excess immune cells and their signaling molecules circulating the body can damage blood vessel linings (artherosclerosis), pancreatic tissue (diabetes), and joint tissue (arthritis). Chronic inflammation also occurs in autoimmune diseases such as lupus, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, and allergies.

New research is showing that most diseases and ailments in the human body are Inflammatory and proving that the body reacts to the types of foods a person eats. The biggest culprits being refined and processed foods. SUGAR, snack foods, sweetened beverages including energy drinks, vegetable oil laden products, and refined carbohydrates. Omega 6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and are found in all kinds of fried foods. Processed foods contain high amounts of AGEs (advanced grycalion end products). ADEs, are produced through an array of chemical reactions. The main problem with these is that they can clog the microvascular system of the eyes, heart, kidneys, and brain.

Healthy anti-inflammatory diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, omega-3 rich fish and healthy oils like Olive Oil.

If you want to experience an inflammation free body and understand and follow an anti-inflammatory diet and feel the benefits of good health, you can contact us for further information.

Dr. Werner