The pillars of inflammation
Imagine, you are a healthy weight, you move (exercise), eat reasonably well, but ever since ...... that cold; pulled a muscle; got a bit up tight over something and ever since your body just hasn't been right?
There is an increasing body of evidence that inflammation is big player in the world of health and disease. Yes, that is correct, it isn't necessarily you after all.
We have all heard that stress can bring on a serious life threatening disease such as heart attack, cancer or even diabetes. We have also being hearing for decades that what we eat determines our bodies. I am not disputing these facts, and I totally agree that our food and lifestyle choices do make a huge impact on our well being, and I have spoken about this several times - the nutrient density of food is vital to health.
A dimension however that isn't often spoken about is that a low grade inflammation that can be created by the body being that bit weaker from a cold, injury, stress, eating irritating foods for instance is enough to set up the inflammation cascade which involves the entire body. Compound that with a nutrient imbalance or deficient and we have a potential problem that may not resolve easily.
Some thing that isn't often spoken about is what happens if the body is in a constant state of 'low grade' inflammation? When you have gotten over the cold, able to walk again or even get back to exercise, not feeling so bad when you eat so and so?
See, when the body hurts itself, a range of chemicals are secreted by a number of different cells, particularly within the immune system, the system responsible for keeping bugs at bay, damaged or dead cells banished, and recognising our cells from foreign.
If these chemicals are released, even in small amounts, then they move around our bodies through the circulatory system then, which ever cell has the matching code to receive the chemical is activated and the response will be what the code says to the cell. The release various chemicals such as Interleukins and Prostaglandins for instance can be released from the cells in your intestine if you eat food that irritates it, and it will travel through out the body to other parts and has the potential to trigger a response elsewhere. This can be seen in some when they have increased mucous production in our lungs when diary is eaten. Of they have more aches and pains when they eat a certain food. For me, i get a pain in my lower back when i eat cows milk products. Weird I know.
As this diagram suggests there are some very real conditions that occur with inflammation, the down side as these same diseases cause and increase inflammation.
So, i put it out there that maybe, what is causing you discomfort, and that niggling pain, fatigued, unexplained what ever, it could be a simple as some thing you are eating or drinking. considering the type of diseases that are linked to inflammation, it is definitely worth investigating and seeing if there is something 'not quite right' in your world of food, drink and body. If you think you might fall into the category of low grade inflammation, or would like to reduce the risk of developing it, i suggest booking in and having a chat, or at least have a serious look at your eating, life style and general state of stress. To help you understand these ideas, Healthy Eats offers Healthy Cooking Memories cooking classes to learn, taste and experience low inflammatory foods. Check the link to see when the next one is.
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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