Last week we covered the types of inflammation and a few causes of inflammation. This week were going to delve into the dangers of inflammation.
Yes, acute inflammation is good as it protects and heals but chronic inflammation is a whole different story. That’s because your body is in constant protection mode. The body does not get any rest from the inflammation. This can lead to some very serious health conditions. Inflammation can affect your brain, heart or any number of other organs, as well as cause joint pain and arthritis. One example is that inflammation can cause plaque build-up in the arteries which could lead to stroke or heart attack. Inflammation in the brain could potentially play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.
Is your gut larger than it should be? If so your body sees those fat cells as a danger and sends out white blood cells to fight the fat cells causing inflammation. So if you, like me, are overweight we are causing chronic inflammation to thrive in our bodies. Although, what we eat is not the only cause for obesity, it is the most common cause. Too many fried foods and processed foods definitely attribute to chronic inflammation, particularly in men.
Chronic inflammation can also impair your immune system, think about it like this, you only have so many troops to send into battle, once they are all deployed you have to wait for reinforcements to arrive. Your body is much like that. Our body sends out the white blood cells to fight off the bad stuff attacking us causing inflammation. If its doing that with your fat cells its constantly doing that and therefore doesn’t have the necessary resources to properly fight off an infection.
However, do not despair, there is help and hope. Since we control our diet we can have a major impact on the inflammation in our body.
As we discussed already fried foods and processed foods are major contributors to inflammation. But so is Sugar…. It straight feeds inflammation, this comes in many forms the most well-known are simple sugars, corn syrup and white sugar. Refined carbs like white bread and pasta are also major contributors.
What is sad is the products that cause us the most issues are what we typically consume the most of. So, in short cutting out simple sugars and refined carbs will not only help us reduce chronic inflammation, but it will also potentially help us reduce the girth around our gut. Which will make us all feel better anyway.
Another way to help get rid of Chronic inflammation is by adding sulfur to your diet. Don’t worry its not the same as “Sulfa Drugs” I’m highly allergic to Sulfa. And I take Sulfur supplements all the time.
Sulfur is one of the most abundant minerals in our body, unfortunately we do not get what we need from our diet anymore because we done eat enough cruciferous vegetables anymore, vegetables like broccoli and asparagus. Besides that, the soil is nearly depleted of sulfur because we don’t rotate crops or rest the land like we should. Why am I talking about sulfur? Because sulfur helps reduce inflammation naturally.
How can you get the needed sulfur? Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM many companies out there have a MSM supplement and everyone, I mean EVERYONE should be taking MSM. Sourcing is very important and when it comes to any supplement so make sure you trust the company that you are purchasing any supplement from. I do have a company that I fully trust based on the sourcing practices being transparent.
Contact me if you need more information on MSM