Chronic inflammation is linked to EVERY major disease

Most people think inflammation is a bad thing. This is not necessarily true.

Inflammation is part of the body’s healing process.

It’s the body’s response to pathogens, damaged cells, injury, infection or irritants. Your immune system sends white blood cells to surround and protect the compromised area, creating redness and swelling (inflammation).

You actually do NOT want to interrupt acute inflammation because it defends and repairs tissue by sending oxygen and white blood cells to the area.

Without inflammation, injuries could fester and grow, and simple infections could become deadly.

Chronic inflammation on the other hand, destroys tissue slowly and continuously. It’s maladaptive and doesn’t shut off.

Unfortunately, chronic inflammation is linked to every major disease.

So, what can we do to shut off chronic inflammation?

First and foremost, we’ve got to support the gut.

According to the research in National Library of Public Medicine, Probiotics, Prebiotics and Immunomodulation of Gut Mucosal Defenses: Homeostasis and Immunopathology:

“Probiotic bacteria have the potential to modulate any part of the immune system in the context of acute responses to intracellular or extracellular pathogens or chronic responses observed in dysregulated immunopathological conditions such as IBD, colorectal cancer and hypersensitivity.”[1]

The research proves that probiotics and prebiotics have a significant effect on promoting beneficial microbes that support the body’s response to inflammation – both acute and chronic.

That means we have to feed the gut what it needs and remove what it does NOT need.

Let’s start with what the gut does NOT need:

“Diets high in foods like potatoes, muffins, white rice, and white bread prompt the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins. A study led by Dr. Simin Liu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who ate such diets had significantly increased CRP levels.”[2]

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) rises in response to inflammation. The highly processed foods that the vast majority of modern people are eating contributes to gut inflammation, which is NOT the kind of inflammatory response that benefits us.

And, if someone is eating three meals per day plus snacks of processed, chemical-laden foods, that creates chronic inflammation in the gut.

We need to take out all, or most, of the offending foods.

Now, here’s what the gut does need…

Whole foods that includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (inulin veggies work well as prebiotics), olive oil, fatty fish and pastured animal foods that are rich in omega 3’s, and probiotic-rich cultured foods like pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

Plus, there are many culinary herbs and spices that have strong anti-inflammatory properties:

Use the above herbs generously in your recipes.

There is also an abundance of ancient healing herbs that are anti-inflammatory as well:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Berberine (Oregon grape root, barberry, goldenseal)
  • Astragalus
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Chamomile
  • Echinacea
  • Fenugreek
  • Lemon Balm
  • Licorice Root

There are many ways to eliminate chronic inflammation and reduce your risk of ALL major diseases across the board.

What you need is a little food and herb savvy, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier, disease-free body.

Join me LIVE in the kitchen to learn health-transforming tips and recipes in my upcoming Reducing Inflammation Cooking class on Thursday March 24th at 12:30pm ET.

I’ll show you how to easily prepare anti-inflammatory meals that are healing, satisfying, and totally delicious!

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3725482/

[2] https://www.marthastewart.com/2225101/reduce-chronic-inflammation