Until our last breath, our bodies are at constant work - striving against all insults to heal. putting ourselves in an optimal state to allow healing means we need to slow down the harmful insults and reduce systemic inflammation.
Gum disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, asthma, stroke, and dementia - these seemingly diverse diseases are all thought to have a common denominator: Chronic Systemic Inflammation (CSI)
Even if you have a genetic predisposition for one of these diseases, you can help protect yourself by identifying and treating SI. Here's how it works:
Our built-in immune system works well in response to threat: injury, allergy, infection, wounds, etc. Our lymph system immediately sends helper cells to heal the insulted tissue/organ.
That kind of acute (short-term) inflammation is associated with redness, swelling, heat, and discomfort. When we remove the insult the body heals and the inflammation process turns off.
But what happens if the inflammation process never turns off?
What if you're walking around with undiagnosed gum disease?
Or you have an unknown food sensitivity such as wheat/gluten or dairy?
Or you have daily exposure to a personal toxin such as a food additive, pesticide, or prescription medication? Any continual blow to the body results in chronic systemic inflammation (SI)
CSI can be measured. the continual release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, the byproducts released from the activation of those lymphatic helper cells, shows up in a blood test called HsCRP (High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein).
Symptoms of SI such as bloating, brain fog, migraine, skin irritation, joint pain, or congestion show up late in the game. By the time you notice symptoms the SI has ignited a fire in all your blood vessels and organs. Incidentally, this weakness is what allows the circulating bacteria bugs from gum disease to penetrate the blood vessel wall and form a clot which can result in a heart attack or stroke.
ASSESS YOUR RISK
To assess your risk factors for SI screen yourself here.
Do you have Chronic Systemic Inflammation?
(YES = 2 points; SOMETIMES = 1 Point; NO = 0 Points)
Do you have a large waistline (above 35 inches for women and above 40 inches for men)?
Do you, despite considerable effort, have difficulty losing weight?
Do you suffer from Inexplicably achy joints or sore muscles?
Do you suffer from food sensitivities or GI disturbance such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea?
Do you feel depleted energy levels, and/or sleep problems?
Do you have dry, patchy, red, or irritated skin, itchy ears, or irritated eyes?
Do you have red/puffy/bleeding gums when you brush or floss... or have bad breath?
Do you smoke or take any medications (prescription or OTC)?
Do you have significant and persistent stress in your life?
Do you have persistent unexplained nasal congestion?
Do you have diabetes, hypertension, or a high cholesterol/ lipid profile?
Do you suffer from any other chronic disease?
Do you exercise fewer than 3 times per week?
Scoring: 0-5 Unlikely Suspicion 5-10 Moderate Suspicion 11+High Suspicion
Based on your results, you may want to consider a spring cleanse. For at least ten days eliminate all sugar refined food (food with an ingredient list), diary wheat, caffeine, and alcohol.
You will likely notice tremendous benefits. Then add back the food you missed most and wait three days to gauge your body's reaction before adding back another.
If there is food culprit you will find it. Detecting gum disease is not that easy, however. Use your spring cleanse as a time, to catch up on your preventive dental and medical examinations.
One more thing... active movement for 30-40 minutes a day, as well as time to unwind and relax, will help your SI. Spring is a great time to get back outdoor for rejuvenation and a brisk daily walk.
To better understand Chronic Inflammation, watch this video.
If you find some difficulties while curing the disease you can work on the solutions suggested by the experts in the video (i.e Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidants by Modere).
To shop for the products recommended by experts click on the corresponding link title