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Dive Deep into Chronic Inflammation

When you hear someone talk about inflammation, you might think of pain, swelling and redness in the case of acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation, however, is a different story. That’s what we’ll be exploring here.

Inflammation Comparison

Inflammation is the body’s natural healing response to an injury, an important aspect in the repair process! In acute inflammation, white blood cells bombard the trauma site to kick start the healing process. You might feel the effects of acute inflammation in the case of an allergic reaction or injury that causes trauma to the body.  

Chronic (also known as systemic) inflammation involves ongoing stimulation of the body’s normal healing process. For example, white blood cells can speed to areas that are tipped off by simply breathing in environmental toxins or carrying excess fat in one’s midsection.[1] If this process continues, permanent tissue damage can result and bring on the need for other treatments – think Hashimoto’s Disease, where inflammation launches an attack on a perfectly healthy thyroid gland and damages it to the point where medication is needed.

One of the more dangerous forms of chronic inflammation is atherosclerosis. The body perceives a buildup of plaque in the arteries as a foreign invader, then it attempts to create a barrier between the plaque and blood flowing through them. If the barrier breaks down, the plaque breaks up and mixes with the blood, creating a clot. These clots are what cause heart attacks and most strokes.[2]

Chronic inflammation is also associated with diseases that cause wear and tear on the body like rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, lupus, Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease.[3]

As in acute inflammation, the body perceives that a threat is present and white blood cells are sent to start the healing process. But if there is no injury,  white blood cells just build up and direct their attack on healthy organs, tissues or cells. We can’t feel the inflammatory response so we have no way of knowing it’s happening until the damage is done. Heart disease is one example of this type of persistent inflammation.[4]

The Role of Cytokines

If you’ve read up on inflammation, you would have surely come across the term cytokines, as they play a very important role in the inflammatory process.

The immune system uses a type of protein, or cytokine, to act as a chemical messenger to regulate the immune response. Cytokines released from immune cells bind to receptors on other cells with messages on what functions to perform[5] – kind of like a general giving an order to his soldiers. Chemokines, interferons, interleukins, lymphokines and tumour necrosis factor are different types of cytokines that step in to fight various inflammatory diseases.[6]

Prevention

While we can’t feel chronic inflammation happening in our body, scientists tell us it’s there in varying degrees in every single person. It can be wreaking havoc on our organs and we don’t even know it. So assuming chronic inflammation is present in all of us, it makes sense to take steps to combat it. Turns out it all comes down to lifestyle.

Foods to Avoid

No surprise experts advise to cut out refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar. Deep fried foods like French fries are another one to cross off your list. Red meat and processed meats like hot dogs and sausage, high-sugar beverages like juices and sodas and margarine, shortening and lard are also important to avoid. All of these foods accelerate the inflammation process.[7]

Foods that Combat Inflammation

The list of anti-inflammatory foods reads like a typical Mediterranean diet: tomatoes, olive oil, almonds and walnuts, leafy greens, fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna and a host of fruits like blueberries, strawberries, oranges and cherries (organic of course!) are all must-adds to your daily diet.[8]

Heal Your Gut

If the walls of your gut, or digestive system, aren’t woven tight enough to prevent bacteria, toxins and undigested food particles from passing through to the bloodstream, inflammation can result. In fact, the gut has the highest concentration of immune cells in the body.[9] Again, diet plays an important role in healing a leaky gut as do prebiotic and probiotic supplements.[10]

Reduce Stress, Increase Sleep

We all know stress can make us ill, but eliminating the things that put us on edge is important when it comes to minimizing chronic inflammation. Yoga, meditation or taking long walks can help diffuse a heavy stress load. Studies show that sleep deprivation prompts an increase in inflammatory hormone production, so get your Zs! [11]

The Role of Antioxidants

Free radicals play a part in promoting chronic inflammation that results in damaged tissues. They come from pesticides, fried and burnt foods, microwave cooked foods, trans-fats, hydrogenated oils and countless chemicals and preservatives that are inhaled or absorbed through our skin. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals before they can harm healthy tissue.[12]

A good-quality, well-rounded immune supplement can help protect against chronic inflammation. CanPrev’s Immuno Multi is an advanced daily multivitamin and multi antioxidant that is specially formulated to neutralize free radicals and combat chronic inflammation. Immuno Multi in conjunction with a healthy diet, moderate exercise, stress reduction and adequate sleep is a comprehensive approach to chronic inflammation busting. 

For when chronic inflammation hits your body which could land anywhere like the joints, heart, and bowels, it would not be a pleasant experience. Try these preventive measures and tips that lead to a healthier lifestyle.

 


Referenced Studies & Content

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-disease-overview/ask-the-doctor-what-is-inflammation

[2] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-disease-overview/ask-the-doctor-what-is-inflammation

[3] https://www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html

[4] https://www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html

[5] https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-cytokines-definition-types-function.html

[6] https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-cytokines-definition-types-function.html

[7] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

[8] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

[9] https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-25499/15-simple-ways-to-create-an-antiinflammatory-lifestyle.html

[10] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/improve-gut-bacteria#section5

[11] https://www.news-medical.net/news/20101115/Acute-sleep-deprivation-increases-inflammation-Research.aspx

[12] http://naturallysavvy.com/care/reversing-chronic-inflammation-naturally

 

Fall Detox for the Skin

As the largest organ in the body, conditions of the skin is a trusted indication of one’s overall health. If you are experiencing skin issues such as severe acne or dermatitis, or flare-ups in your eczema or psoriasis, maybe consider a detox this fall to help settle those symptoms.

Eczema

This common skin condition prevents the skin’s ability to retain moisture, leaving it dry, itchy and easily irritated. Eczema is a distinctive type of hypersensitivity that is characterized by barrier defects in the skin and allergic hypersensitivity. Thought to be caused by a genetic defect in the filaggrin protein, which is crucial for skin cells to correctly mature into the outermost protective layer of the skin, eczema is typically present on the neck and on places where skin folds, referred to as flexor surfaces.

Affecting both children and adults, eczema can range from mild to severe depending on the size of skin area affected and the degree of itchiness. Though symptoms may flare and subside, the reoccurrence of eczema over the same patch of skin may lead to thickening and tough skin. Triggers of flare-ups may include weather conditions, certain foods, fragrances, and stress.

Psoriasis

Though common, this auto-immune disease is an inflammatory skin disorder that results from excessive proliferation of keratinocytes. Essentially, the body is overly reproducing an epidermal cell that produces keratin, which is responsible for the tight functions formed between the nerves of the skin.

The initial sign appears as a sharply differentiated red plaque of skin covered in silvery-white scale. Once the scale is removed, pinpoint bleeding is shown. Psoriasis is typically present in extensor surfaces, the scalp, oily areas of the face, and sometimes flexor surfaces such as the genitals and intergluteal folds. Another common symptom is nail thickening, yellow discolouration of nails, and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Flare-ups can be triggered by dry skin, and picking at the patches.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

In connection to celiac disease, this auto-immune blistering disease presents small and fragile vesicles typically found on extensor surfaces, such as elbows, knees, scalp, back, and buttocks. The blisters are extremely itchy and can be easily punctured during physical examination; however the diagnoses of dermatitis herpetiformis is accomplished through a skin biopsy and direct immunifluorescence of normal appearing skin adjacent to lesions. Triggered by the ingestion of gluten, those with dermatitis herpetiformis should watch their diet.

Between Bowel Health and Skin Issues

Many chemicals within perfumes, lotions, soaps, detergents, deodorants and other personal care products can wreak havoc on the endocrine system.

Liver: The liver is one of the main organs of elimination that cleanses the blood from the chemicals that we ingest from food, drugs and excess hormones. This two-part detoxification process begins at converting toxins into less toxic molecules, then changes into a water soluble compound making it easier to excrete by the intestines and kidneys. In order for this organ to function smoothly, the liver require nutrients such as antioxidants, amino acids and vitamin B, which can be found in Detox Pro by CanPrev.

Small and Large Intestines: When food leaves the stomach, it first arrives at the small intestines, where absorption occurs. Unfortunately, optimal digestion does not always occur for reasons like eating too fast, food quality and quantity, antibiotic or anti-acid medication, and many more. This leaves the intestines working too hard at jobs which they are not capable of and thus, inflammation is created. The gut loses its integrity and releases food and nutrients back into the bloodstream. To ensure that this does not happen, a good fibre supplement like CanPrev’s Fibre Flow, and supplement for improving bacterial cultures like Probiotik 15B, can help to support the bowels.

Kidneys: The kidney is responsible for removing waste products, drugs and excess fluid from the body. When blood enters the kidneys, the stream flows through nephrons to filter the blood and requires approximately a minimum of 500ml to 1000ml of waters per day to support these elimination processes. By using ElectroMag from CanPrev, an effervescent drink mix consisting of electrolytes and vitamin C, it can greatly aid kidney health for hydration and nutrients that they body and kidney need.

Lungs: Little do people know, the lungs help the liver by eliminating chemicals that have been metabolized in a gaseous form. An example of this would be alcohol ingestion and having the smell of alcohol on the breath, the next day.

Detox Protocols

It can easily be forgotten that anything we put onto our skin or come into contact with, is literally absorbed into our bodies. Our bodies are then responsible for processing all these toxins. One of the first things you can do by taking care of your entire body is to keep your skin healthy:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water,
  • Use a humidifier during dry/cold temperatures,
  • Switch to natural lotions with less chemical ingredients,
  • Dry brush the skin to help get rid of excess skin,
  • Provide the skin with antioxidants to support and protect healthy skin, such as vitamin E, selenium and zinc, which can be found in CanPrev’s Antioxidant Network

Try some of these common detox protocols to keep your skin and ultimately your body healthy!

 

What will you be doing to keep your skin healthy?