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It’s ALL About Reducing Inflammation

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s biological response of attempting to protect itself. It aims to remove harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells and irritants; this is the first step of the healing process.

Inflammations triggers a response from the immune system, initially inflammation is beneficial for protection but a lot of the time inflammation can lead to further inflammation which is bad.

The five signs to look out for inflammation are pain, redness, heat, swelling and injured function!

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is when the initial inflammation does not go away. It is no longer a healing response but more an indicator that something is wrong. One of the biggest causes of chronic disease comes from the presence of ‘chronic inflammatory status’. Chronic inflammation is long term and can last for months or even years!

It is vital to do everything you can to prevent inflammation so you don’t reach this stage.

The inflammatory process is responsible for the symptoms and long term damage and associated with oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many toxins for the body to deal with, the body then in response produces free radicals, and free radicals damage the membranes of the cells, destroying important proteins, fats and DNA.

Resolution of a chronic inflammatory condition lies at the heart of all attempts to treat and prevent these terrible diseases.

There are so many diseases and illnesses which are caused by chronic inflammatory conditions such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes type2
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ibs
  • Obesity
  • Candida albicans
  • Helicobator
  • Atherosclerosis

Inflammatory conditions are often multifaceted

Cortisol – (testosterone is an anti-inflamatory) is the most powerful anti-inflamatory and is released in response to stress (dhea is also a endogenous anti inflammatory).

What causes the inflammation in the first place?

  • Chronic infections
  • Obesity
  • Environmental toxins (food, water & air)
  • Physiological stress
  • Intensive /endurance training
  • Physical trauma
  • Age
  • Autoimmune disease

Long term stress makes any inflammatory condition worse.

What are the solutions?

For people who suffer from chronic inflammation then it is vital to reduce stress levels. Chronic inflammation is also a lot more common in overweight individuals, so one way of reducing the chances of chronic inflammation is to follow the usual procedures to losing body fat (healthy eating and exercise).

People’s diet needs to be improved to ensure they are eating all of the vital vitamins and nutrients and avoiding trans-fats and saturated fats. Eating herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic, onions and many more are linked with reducing levels of inflammation. The anti inflammatory compounds found in these herbs and spices provide health in many different ways.

Lastly ensure to get lots of sleep and take anti oxidants.

Many people who suffer from chronic inflammation do so as a result of their lifestyle, so in order to reduce their symptoms then the lifestyle needs to be changed. Obesity is a low grade state of chronic inflammation, so fighting the fat will fight inflammation at the same time!

You have now read through your ABC’s of health, energy & fitness.

Thanks for reading,

Richard Clarke

7 thoughts on “It’s ALL About Reducing Inflammation”

  1. I read all your articles and i found out that im eating toxins every day with out knowing it. I have decided to avoy these foods and eat more healthly. Your articles are very useful and intresting to read.
    Thank u:)

    1. Hi Diana,

      Im pleased to hear you read all my articles! Glad you are benefiting, toxins are everywhere. Thanks for the comment.

      Take care,

      Richard

  2. hi diana and richard…i’m delighted to have found this blog after international research i put in local booleans and here you are! AT LAST SWANSEA IS COMING ALIVE!! YIPHEE
    i’m hoping to address my major demons from where i am now. i used to be really healthy and whole foodie but it all lapsed somehow…why did this happen???????? total indiscipline and slackness…but i’m restarting. i’m just hauling in bags of lettuce at the moment oh and sometimes managing porridge in the mornings AND grapes from my own vine so i have some resources i suppose…available to share if anyone fancies…

    anyway the most important thing i’d like to say is THANK YOU RICHARD….SO MUCH FOR PUTTING YOURSELF FORWARD. YOU ARE JUST WHAT WE ALL NEED. RIGHT FOLKS?

    how are we all getting on? anyone else out there made a start???

    1. Hi Mary, sorry about the delay in responding, having problems with the comments at the minute.

      SO glad you like the site, its early days so please share it with your friends, family and network.

      I hope to be the stimulus to get you back on track to where you once were and beyond.

      I will reply to your other comments once i come back from swimming lessons with my son.

      Take care and thanks again for your enthusiasm!

      Rich x

  3. thank you richard!

    managed to find my way back here somehow….i’m following dr mark hyman at the moment and consider you to be the local version….that’s a big compliment!!

    hope swim went well with your son – i’m sure he’ll be a little champ in no time!

    1. no worries Mary! you are very kind, being compared to any doctor is a compliment, i just like to help people get healthier and have more energy but im no expert.

      yes my son is a cracker and loves to swim

      thanks for taking the time to comment

      Rich x

  4. Hi Richard I had bad accident and shattered bones. I have never taken tablets, I have always been fit and learned to live in pain (high pain barrier now and it makes you accept pain!) I would love to have a sheet of things to help me. I love reading your emails they are so helpful. Thank you Sian

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