A Huge Number of Illnesses are Caused by Inflammation
“One last point – do we want to ‘boost’ our immune system if it is already ‘over-active’ due to inflammation? The answer is yes and no! There is only one PART of the immune system which gets over-active and begins to create problems with inflammation. Another part of the immune system works along a different line of attack; it does not create inflammation but does a very important job fighting off bacteria, parasites, cancer cells and viruses. Many people today have signs of inflammation, yet also come down with yeast infections, viruses, dental infections and so on. In a sense, their immune system needs modulation, reduction of the pro-inflammatory side, and a boost to the other side which fights off the baddies without inflammation.
Risk factors which promote inflammation:
-A poor diet can create micro-nutrient deficiencies. Type ‘B’ malnutrition is rampant in Western countries. This is a diet high in calories but deficient in nutrients, resulting in obesity and poor health. Micro-nutrient deficiencies make us more susceptible to low-grade infections such as helicobacter pylori (the cause of stomach ulcers), gum disease, recurrent urinary tract infections, and Chlamydia. All low-grade chronic infections can set up chronic inflammation in the body.
-Poor gut health. A significant part of the immune system is found in the gut. The immune system in the gut is one of the most important first lines of defence against the outside world; after all, it is the area where matter from the outside is brought inside the body. The gut contains many billions of bacteria; most of them are good and help promote good immunity as well as good digestion, and they help with the absorption of nutrients. However, if there is an overgrowth of ‘bad bacteria’, these produce toxins and trigger the immune system. This is known as gut dysbiosis and can trigger a systemic low-grade inflammation throughout the body’s immune system. A symptom of poor gut health is food intolerances. A diet low in fibre and high in saturated fat and sugar promotes gut dysbiosis. Constipation is very bad for your health!
-Stress causes inflammation through worsening gut health, makes the body more susceptible to chronic low-grade infections and lowers the immunity to bacteria, viruses, parasites and so on. All of this can trigger inflammation. Stress can also reduce cortisol hormone levels if adrenals are exhausted, which is a natural anti-inflammatory hormone.
-Obesity. Fat cells behave like immune cells, spewing out messages to increase the inflammatory immune response. Therefore a sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in fat and sugar promote inflammation.
– Environmental pollution such as pesticides, heavy metals and other toxic chemicals from things like exhaust fumes and electrical appliances.
-Excessive sunlight since sunburn is free radical stress.
-Excessive exercise since the process of energy production produces free radicals as a by-product. Some exercise is good for you but overdoing it at the gym every day is very bad for you.
-Trans and hydrogenated fats made from over-heating vegetable oils. These are also found in processed and refined foods and deep-fried foods.”