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Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation
by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, HHP, CH(The Best Years in Life) Growing research shows that inflammation may be the common denominator linking diseases such as: Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Inflammation is the body’s natural response and defense mechanism that alerts us when something is wrong internally; blood, antibodies and other immune system components are rushed to the wounded area in an attempt to repair the damage. This response can induce pain, swelling, redness and warmth, all of which show the immune system is working properly.
We’ve been groomed to reach for the nearest bottle of Advil or prescription anti-inflammatory drug when our bodies are in pain, but in doing this we suppress our most important bodily function for healing. Instead of masking the symptoms; there are many natural resources available to help you resolve the deeper, core issue. It helps to understand that there are reasons for the different processes that occur in the body, and if we can trace symptoms back to the root, well, then you’re officially off to a good start.
Reducing Inflammation: Good Idea or Great Idea?
When chronic inflammation remains for long periods of time and isn’t properly addressed, it can cause the expression of genes that lead to degenerative conditions such as: arthritis, asthma, cancer, and coronary artery disease. Triggers that can fuel the onset of these inflammatory diseases include: stress, obesity, lack of sleep and food additives. According to new Harvard research, the risk of heart attack increased by 300% in women with high blood vessel inflammation and only 40% in women with high LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Acute inflammation can lead to chronic inflammation, but the latter can also exist by itself. Acute forms that are common include: headaches, stiff joints, back pain and acne. Acute inflammation will become chronic if the immune system is unable to rid the body of the offending foreign agent or if the agent is constantly able to re-enter the body.
While anti inflammatory medications can potentially play a life saving role in people with advanced conditions such as cardiovascular disease, it’s important to realize that prescription medications aren’t without side effects. While the medication protects the body from inflammation, the body’s ability to repair, detoxify and protect itself is also inhibited. And many anti-inflammatory drugs will cause constipation – which comes with its own health concerns.
Natural Ways to Greatly Reduce Inflammation
Enzymes: Pancreatic enzymes provide powerful
anti-inflammatory effects as well as provide immune support to the body.
They function in a like manner to digestive enzymes which are secreted by
the functioning of the pancreas. Symptoms of pancreatic insufficiency may
include abdominal bloating and discomfort, gas, indigestion, and the passing
of undigested food in the stool as well as Candida overgrowth. Being
absolutely necessary for protein digestion, the proteases also serve other
important functions such as helping to keep the small intestine free from
parasites such as bacteria, yeast, protozoa, and intestinal worms. Proteases
are also significant in the prevention of tissue damage during inflammation
and the development of fibrin clots. They also boost the breakdown of
fibrin, a process known as fibrinolysis. Fibrin’s role in the elevation of
inflammation is to form a wall all over the area of inflammation. This
results in the blockage of blood and lymph vessels which leads to swelling.
Fibrin can also bring about the development of blood clots that can become
dislodged and produce strokes or heart attacks. Pancreatic enzyme
preparations are very useful in the treatment of many intense and chronic
inflammatory conditions including sports injuries, joint pains, tendinitis
and rheumatoid arthritis. And guess what? Enzymes have anti-aging
properties. Because of eating too much cooked foods, many people do not
produce enough enzymes after the age of 35. Adding enzymes to your diet will
help your digestive system to work effectively and thus slow down the aging
process. It is recommend to use a supplement that is enteric coated which
means that it can withstand the acidity of the stomach. I highly recommend
and personally use UnivaseForte and Trevinol Professional as a systemic
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About the Author:
Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP is a Naturopathic Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner as well as Founder/CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness. As a stage III cancer survivor since 2000, she understands the necessity of providing the body with what it needs to repair and heal. Loretta is dedicated to helping people create lasting changes in their health and well-being through whole body nutritional balancing, physician strength supplementation and up-to-date natural health education and modalities. Loretta is Editor and contributor to the worldwide e-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness and her new health and wellness blog Exhibit Health. She is also a co-moderator of our Yahoo Health Group focused on cancer, Oleandersoup.
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