WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
- Dolar (Pain)
- Calor (Heat)
- Rubor (Redness)
- Tumor (Swelling)
- Functio Laesa (Loss of Function)
Although these chemicals can remain in a local area (I stub my toe, the toe gets red and inflamed), they can invade the blood stream and have a systemic (whole body) effect as well. Although doctors do not typically educate their patients about this important little tidbit of information, these chemicals that we refer to collectively as "inflammation" (prostaglandins, leukotrienes, thromboxanes, cytokines, chemokines, certain enzymes, kinnins, histamines, eicosanoids, substance P, and dozens of others) are being touted by the medical community as the primary cause of a whole host of physical ailments (HERE is a list). Let me repeat that Inflammation is the primary cause of numerous physical problems.
It is not that Inflammation is a bad thing in and of itself. These chemicals that make up "Inflammation" are actually considered to be part of your normal immune system function. In the correct amounts, these chemicals are crucial to insuring a proper immune system response to various attacks or injuries to your body. However, as these chemicals become increasingly elevated systemically (think of high histamine levels that people try and control with anti-histamines), they drive the body's Immune System Response to higher and higher levels causing scads of major health problems ---- including obesity. This is because Chronic (long term) Inflammation is characterized by destruction and healing in the affected tissue ---- at the same time! Some of the other problems that Inflammation is known to cause includes;
- Disc Injuries, Slipped Disc, Disc Herniation, and Disc Rupture (HERE)
- Heart Disease and virtually all forms of Cardiovascular Problems (HERE)
- Skin conditions including Eczema and Psoriasis (HERE)
- Arthritis & Fibromyalgia (HERE & HERE)
- Asthma (HERE)
- ADD, ADHD, Depression, and various forms of Dementia (HERE)
- Neurological Conditions (HERE)
- Female Issues (HERE)
- Cancer (HERE)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease / Leaky Gut Syndrome (HERE)
- Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia, and other Blood Sugar Regulation Problems (HERE)
- Obesity (HERE)
Whoa!!! That is a whale of a list! Simply put; inflammation causes pain, ill health, and eventually, death, and obesity. It also happens to be part of the UNIVERSAL CAUSE / UNIVERSAL CURE of all disease. Trying to loose fat without addressing underlying "Inflammation" is a game that you can never win. Oh, you might think that you have everything under control for awhile, but eventually the weight will return. Why? Because inflammation was not dealt with, and Obesity is another of the myriad of "Inflammatory" conditions! In fact, if you get down to brass tacks, there are many who believe that Inflammation is the root cause of all Disease Processes (HERE).
Now that you have a basic understanding of inflammation; the questions should become: How did I get it in the first place? And maybe more importantly; How do I get rid of it or prevent it? And, If there are no drugs that safely lower the over-abundance of inflammatory chemicals in my body (there are not); how do I go about lowering Inflammation myself?
I can answer this question in one word, "Lifestyle"! A diet of processed food, JUNK FOOD, and SODAS; with little or no fresh fruits and vegetables, will seriously elevate your levels of systemic (whole body) inflammatory chemicals. CIGARETTES, obesity, lack of exercise, and constant stress, will skyrocket these levels of inflammatory chemicals even further. A lifestyle of contentment, EXERCISE, WHOLE FOODS, and supplementing with Omega Three Fatty Acids (PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE FISH OIL is our #1 best-seller for ten years in a row) will help keep inflammatory chemicals in check, and often help reverse the associated disease processes as well as the pain and symptoms that go with. Even though our medical community is slow to admit it (HERE), a growing body of Scientific Research is telling us that in regards to our overall health and well-being, drugs are usually not the best solution, nor are they the only solution. It comes back to common sense, lifestyle, diet, and exercise. Ah…… but you already knew that.