Asprin is a powerful medication, which like most drugs was plant based and 'discovered' during the 1800's. It is taken for many things, but it is most commonly known as a pain reliever. Your Doctor may also prescribe it as a preventative for Heart Disease as it reduces inflammation and reduces pain by breaking the pain cascade of inflammation. It certainly has a place in preventative and treatment protocols, but like all things, there is a risk and the risk analysis is needed. Interesting too, is that different co-compounds that asprin is used in also changes the biochemical action, and the effectiveness of the drug for the specific actions required. As mentioned, there are some aspirin side effects that you’ll want to consider first; and there are also natural alternatives worth considering.
Aspirin works by reducing the hormone-like compounds triggered when a body part is injured or immune cells realise there is a threat in the body. This can be a cut, bruise, bacterial/viral infection, bite, chemical irritant. The job of these hormone like compounds is to promote the inflammation response to draw protecting white blood cells to the area, increase blood supply, dilute/wash the area and isolate the site from spreading the infection from the containment area. Inflammation also increases blood clotting to ensure blood does not escape through the open wound. This is all very important if there is a risk of infection, cut, bruising etc that the body much contain or minimise, but, if the body is inflamed due to foods, stress, internal toxicity, immune imbalance, nutrient deficiency or it isn't turned off as it should, then these people are at greater risk of doing harm and creating even bigger problems. Anti-inflammatory treatment can save pain and long term complications, but the better treatment protocol needs to be considered and matched against the trigger, the action the immune system is taking and weigh the risk to benefit ratio. Confused? That is understandable, the body is complex and we need to consider it as you would a Porshe or anything precious.
Amine - A naturally occurring chemical in many foods. Increases in the aging process as the amino acids, and DNA change creating amine and its associated chemicals in the produce and triggers histamine release in the body. So, think of older meats, processed meats, cheeses, yoghurts, more ripe fruits, vegetables, some nuts and so chocolate are part of this. Non fortified red wines, the more intense the more amines present. They are added to condiments to increase flavor, as they hit the tongue taste receptors which give that rich deep taste. Want to see what Amines can do, check out the image below and be amazed..
If you have any of these symptoms - the outer boxes, then you need help to get your immune system back on track. Some symptoms not listed here are emotions including anger, rage, depression, anxiety and extreme fatigue. Why - becuase they alter the brain's barrier layer, increasing movement of a number of chemicals that really should not touch the neurons directly.
Solution: Limiting foods high in amines, and allow the body to detox. Digestive enzymes can be helpful for some people. Probiotics to help with the leaky gut damage as a result of increased cell gap weakening. Test and see what your primary trigger foods and amounts are and allow your body to heal. Water, lots and lots of alkaline water.
Above all, seek help. Prolonged HISTAMINE PRODUCTION HAS BEEN LINKED TO AUTO - IMMUNE CONDITIONS!!
Those who have worked with me in the past know my thoughts on this. It is a complex area of physiology and health. The body is pretty much a closed loop, until we break the cycle. The food we eat > changes body chemistry > which in turns talks with the nervous system and if needed the immune system.
Add to the soup mix that when we digest foods, we must have good stomach acid, so those taking ant-acids or are mineral deficient run into the first hurdle People who are fast eaters, or are not mindful of what they are eating are not giving their stomach a chance to make good, healthy stomach acid to do the job at hand - breakdown proteins, kill bacteria and tell the rest of the digestive system what is coming down next. Result: under digested proteins putting more stress on the small intestine; bacteria entering into the small intestine and creating the environment for SIBO or IBS!
Solution: Mineral therapy with a reduced trigger foods for approx 2 months. A prescription of probiotics to help reduce gut irritation, and monitoring emotional and food triggers.
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May, the middle of Autumn, a transition time, a time of putting hope out there, simply because the Month's name suggests possibility. May I please have this, May you be eternally happy etc. What are your wishes or askings for this Month and the rest of the time to follow?
For me, May is the beginning of my huge adventure, and while I still don't have concrete plan, I am learning to detail requests and trust which needs to be will be from which I can either get upset or learn from. Usually both and in that order. Quite a few things have been showing up over the past few weeks - my uncertainty and acting more from a fear/apprehension based emotion and not from awareness. This isn't anything new, though as the businesses have been slowing down and cash flow changing, fear of money has been increasing. Interestingly, I have been spending more to be sure I have the 'right' things needed to make the adventure workable. After all I needed hiking shoes, socks, cool walking clothes for starters. Then came the reality that travelling that long and in such diverse climates presented its own issues followed soon after by "How on earth was I going to carry all this?" I am not the lightest packer in the world and more of a contingency packer - What if I need this, what if I am doing that etc.? As it currently stands I have a new back pack to fit in the suitcase to carry everything in and from which I will sort and take only the things required for a few days and leave the big pack in a locker or somewhere safe.
What has any of this got to do with health or life in general? Apparently, we learn from other's stories and experiences. A you one of the lucky ones that can do this? I don't think I am. Here is my take on possible associations between my experience and health:
Doing nothing is still a choice, but is it a wise one?
Apparently, Life is a journey which implies we are traveling to a place or existence.
Where are you going, and what are you taking with you to make the journey as pleasant as possible? By who's rules are you creating this journey? Are you enjoying the journey, and if not, where would you rather be travelling through?
Who consciously choices a painful journey unless they are wanting to remove and rebuild something better?
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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