Chronic Low Grade Inflammation

Chronic low grade inflammation can be triggered by dietary stress, emotional and mental stress, environmental allergens, toxic overload and infection.

  1. Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury, infection or a foreign invader may cause an acute or chronic reaction. It is necessary for healing, but when it becomes chronic and gets out of control, problems begin. The buzz word these days in Medical Science is Inflammation. We now know that inflammation is the trigger that not only causes the expression of undesirable gene traits, it is also a catalyst for chronic degenerative diseases and cancer and contributes to the acceleration of the aging process. Many times it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of chronic low-grade inflammation, which seems to put otherwise healthy people at risk for various diseases. Dr Peter Libby, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, says: "I think we have an epidemic of unhealthy lifestyles, and the way in which the lifestyle is wreaking havoc is through inflammation." Understanding the common causes of inflammation is your key to creating a truly healthy lifestyle and diet.
  2. Dietary Stress is probably the most common and the easiest to control cause of chronic inflammation.  Your unique genetic makeup often determines your risk and susceptibility to food sensitivitiesand insulin resistance.
  3. Chronic emotional and mental stress can set up for food sensitivities by increasing gut permeability, allowing undigested food to enter the blood stream and trigger an inflammatory response.
  4. Chronic emotional and mental stress can increase free radicals in the body, which also lead to increased inflammation.  Adopting coping mechanisms for stress that we incorporate into our daily life can go a long way towards protecting us from the ravages of emotional and mental stress. 
  5. Our reaction to environmental allergens is often a sign that the body is being stressed in other ways.  When we adopt a clean diet and lower that stress load, our reaction to airborne allergens decreases.  It's worth following an elimination diet for a short while to see the difference for yourself.  Too minimize being triggered by airborne allergens use the ENT created Grossan Hydro PulseĀ® Pulsatile Nasal & Sinus Irrigation System   The HydroPulse allows you to gently rinse away the allergens before your reaction is too severe.
  6. Obviously, we avoid exposure to toxins that we are aware of.  Too many times people are unaware of how they are contributing to toxic overload.  Two of the most common ways are with household cleaning products and cosmetics.  By consciously addressing these two issues, we can greatly reduce our toxic exposure on a daily basis.  Look fortrusted, environmentally conscious companies for safe, effective cleaning products. 
  7. Low grade viral or bacterial infection can go unrecognized, contributing over time to constant inflammation in the body.  Eating high plant-based, nutrient dense diet can protect us from being at risk for low grade infection.  A common, underrecognized source of low grade infection is in our mouths.  Infection left after root canals can contribute as well as decay under bridges or crowns and periodontal disease.  Find a dentist who will address your concerns and be diligent about dental hygiene.  The diet described above will minimize your risk of common periodontal conditions.

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