Dying While You’re Living | See What’s Killing You | TotalTransformation

Dying While You’re Living | See What’s Killing You | TotalTransformation


Cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes
are rapidly killing us. But researchers have suspected for years that
all of these health issues have one common trigger: low-grade inflammation. Inflammation plays a role in everyone’s health,”
says Dana DiRenzo, a rheumatologist. When inflammation levels increase, so does
the risk of disease. But understanding inflammation can be tricky
because when you get a disease, inflammation levels naturally increase as
your body fights the condition. Inflammation, in other words, is both healthy
and dangerous. What is Inflammation? When you catch the flu and your body temperature
rises to fight the virus. That’s a form of inflammation. So is the redness and swelling that occur
when you sprain your ankle. Inflammation is the process your body uses
to provide the healing chemicals and nutrients needed to help repair damage. These are examples of acute inflammation which
is a temporary, helpful response to an injury or illness. Once the danger goes away, so does the inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a slow, creeping condition
caused by a misfiring of the immune system that keeps your body in a constant, long-term
state of high alert. It’s often the chronic inflammation, not the
viruses themselves, that causes much of the damage. Why is there a problem with chronic inflammation? Over time, inflammation damages healthy cells
and here’s why: When cells are in distress, they release chemicals
that alert the immune system. White blood cells then flood the scene, where
they work to eat up bacteria, viruses, damaged cells and debris from an infection or injury. If the damage is too great, they call in backup
cells known as neutrophils, which are the hand grenades of the immune system — Neutrophil cells blow up everything in sight,
healthy or not. Each neutrophil has a short life span but
in chronic inflammation, they continue to be sent in long after the
real threat is gone causing damage to the healthy tissue that remains. The inflammation can start attacking the linings
of your arteries or intestines, the cells in your liver and brain, or the tissues of your muscles and joints. This inflammation-causes cellular damage and
can trigger diseases like diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. Because its low grade slow and secret nature
makes it hard to diagnose. You have no idea it is even happening until
those conditions show symptoms. How can something natural to our bodies be
so toxic to our health? It can be complicated to figure out if inflammation
is a friend or foe. The four main causes of chronic inflammation. An outside infection that’s hard to kill: You contract a chronic infection like hepatitis
C or Lyme disease that lingers in the body for a long time. Your body responds with inflammation that
also lingers a long time. In fact, it’s often the chronic inflammation,
not the viruses themselves, that causes much of the long-term damage related to these diseases. Genetics: You inherit a genetic propensity toward a
health issue. In some cases, the genes related to these
health issues can be turned on by inflammation: Diabetes and cancer are two genetically related
diseases that can be triggered by inflammation. In other cases, the gene itself causes a misfiring
of the immune system that causes the inflammation in rheumatoid
arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and other diseases. Environment: Pollution, air and water quality, environmental
allergies and other environmental factors can trigger and sustain inflammation. Lifestyle: Obesity, unregulated stress, tobacco use,
drinking too much, lack of physical activity, lousy sleep, and poor diet is all linked to chronic inflammation. And getting older increases inflammation,
too? The older we are, the more exposure we’ve
had to stuff like environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, bad foods, and chronic diseases. Plus, aging makes it more difficult for our
bodies to properly manage our immune systems, to extract nutrients from food and to shed
extra pounds. So what triggers chronic inflammation? Something triggers the immune system. Whether it’s a chronic disease, an autoimmune
disorder, weight gain, psychological stress, poor nutrition, exposure to chemicals or allergens
— something puts your body in a state of stress
and keeps it there. The immune system responds. The body goes into attack mode with an inflammatory
response, which also includes blood vessel expansion
to increase blood flow to the problem areas. Blood is the primary delivery system for all
these substances. And responds … and responds … and responds. An endless cycle of pro-inflammatory foods,
rampant stress, and bad sleep keeps this process in constant
motion because we never give the body a break. Are there “pro-inflammatory foods”? Yes…foods high in sugar or high in unhealthy
fats. Deli meats and fried foods are on the top
of the list. Our gut microbiome, made up of trillions of
bacteria, influences physiologic processes throughout the body. We’re born with a balance between good and
bad bacteria in the gut. When that balance is thrown off — known
as dysbiosis — it can lead to trouble. A dysregulated microbiome has been associated
with metabolic diseases, pulmonary diseases, nervous system conditions, and Alzheimer’s. How do I know if I have chronic inflammation? First… it’s not that you either have it
or don’t have it. By a certain age, we all have some degree
of inflammation in our bodies; the key is to keep it at a flickering ember
and not let it erupt into a forest fire. If you smoke, drink a lot, carry a lot of
extra weight, especially around your belly, never exercise, eat poorly or constantly feel agitated by stress, your
chances of having some level of chronic, elevated inflammation are high. If you are healthy, exercise, and lead a balanced
lifestyle you should have less of it. Inflammation can be measured only by a blood
test and interpreted by your doctor. Is there a connection between stress and inflammation? Yes…chronic stress causes an increase in
hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which directly triggers a rise in inflammation. If you have an autoimmunity-based skin condition
like psoriasis, you’ve probably witnessed this as the result of constant stress. To fight an inflammatory condition you must
be willing to make wholesale lifestyle changes. Wholesale lifestyle changes aren’t easy but
attacking one enemy is a lot easier than worrying about dozens of them? Here’s an idea: If you have to pick two lifestyle
changes to improve, focus on sleep and exercise, both the quantity
and quality. These not only lower your inflammation levels; they will also help you do everything else
better. When you give your body time to rest and lower
stress by exercising, you have an easier time making smart food
choices and thinking clearly the next day. Make sure to get your copy of my Diet Desperation
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