Saturday, June 25, 2011
How To Avoid or Heal Out-of-Control Inflammation
Over time, with enough chronic insult to your biology, inflammation begins damaging the body instead of repairing it. The damage (as in the last post here) might be low thyroid or depression or the aches and pains of arthritis (or any other itis) or exhaustion. Chronic inflammation is at the root of all of our wellness woes, large and small. To the degree you are not vibrant, energetic, pain free, disease free, you have allow this normal repair process to go awry.
There are three main ways chronic inflammation becomes part of your experience.
1. Eating or being exposed to things you are allergic to or that are toxic. Smoking, alcohol, pesticides, smog, food allergies (known and unknown) industrial chemicals, air fresheners.
2. Eating things that raise blood sugar and insulin. High blood sugar is toxic and the insulin your body releases to deal with it is inflammatory. A double whammy. What raises blood sugar? Most of the foods that are a) expensive and b) advertised endlessly! Sugar, wheat, flour, oats, barley, rice, corn--and anything made from any of those like bread, pasta, deserts, ice cream, soda, cake, cookies, corn meal, hamburger buns, lemonade, sweet tea, crackers, chips, candy, fruit drinks, dipping sauces--well, you get the idea. If it has sugar and or flour in it it's going to raise your blood sugar and cause inflammation.
3. Omega fatty acids out of balance. Omega 3 fatty acids metabolize into anti-inflammatory chemicals. Omega 6 fatty acids metabolize into pro-inflammatory chemicals. If they are balanced, your body works beautifully. About 30 or 40 years ago you were sold a bill of goods about animal fat ("dangerous" saturated fat equals heart disease) and told to use vegetable oils instead. But animal fat is high is Omega 3's vegetable fat is high in Omega 6's. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a highly toxic frankenfood! By time a few brave souls challenged the whole saturated fat and vegetable oil bad-science-hypothesis, America was badly inflamed and sick as dogs and the medical industries dealing with that were entrenched.
No one has a vested interest in telling you this stuff. There's no money to be made in telling you you have total control of your wellness. If no one bought fast food or junk food and things made from wheat, what would happen to the Gross National Product. If no one got diabetes or cancer or arthritis, what would haven to hospitals, oncologists and endocrinologists and orthopedic surgeons??? What a financial disaster that would be! But the alternative is that it's a disaster for how people feel, age, and their health.
You have control. Your wellness is in your own hands. I won't tell you that it's particularly easy to swim upstream from the conventional wisdom that "everyone knows." I will tell you that it matters to your life and your aging and when and what you die of. Best wishes!