Inflammation...The Leading Cause Of Many Common Diseases
"No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means." - Moses Maimonides
Chronic Inflammation, while not necessarily the cause of all chronic diseases, is at the core of many, and will make all chronic diseases worse. Some of the difficult and common diseases that are known to have inflammation at their core include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Heart Disease
- Alzheimer's and other types of dementia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Because we now know that Chronic Inflammation is an underlying issue for many common diseases, wouldn't it make sense to treat the inflammation, which can be a way of preventing some of the diseases that it either causes or advances? But in order to treat it, we must first be able to recognize it, and also recognize that it can be very serious.
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation:
While some of these symptoms seem minor and non-threatening, none should be ignored...
- Swollen Lymph Nodes - Your body is the home to about 600 lymph nodes located in various areas. When they swell and become painful, it's a sure sign that something that isn't quite right is going on with your immune system. The nodes you can feel are located in your groin area, under your armpits and in your neck. If they remain swollen and painful, you should contact your functional medicine doctor.
- Low Energy - Fatigue is the feeling of little or no energy, even though you may sleep well at night. It is definitely a sign of inflammation. As your immune system works hard to fight off inflammation, an imbalance of the amount of energy you have and the amount your body is using is created. If you are experiencing fatigue, don't let it last longer than a couple of weeks before you contact your health provider.
- Digestion Issues - Some of the poor digestion issues you may encounter are: abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Each of these are associated with inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract.
- Skin Conditions - There are several skin conditions caused by inflammation that often appear as rashes. We often think of rashes and skin conditions as minor issues, but don't ignore them if they last too long.
- Back Pain - We all experience a sore or tired back occasionally, but persistent low back, neck, or hip pain can be indicating inflammation.
- Excess Mucus - The lower airways in your body produce mucus as a response to inflammation. If you are constantly needing to blow your nose or clear your throat, your body is telling you you have an inflammation.
- Problems with Balance - Inflammation can cause your nerve cells to come under attack causing dizziness and balance problems.
- Brain Fog - Brain fog can be a warning of several different types of inflammation. It can cause memory loss, lack of focus and concentration and mental clarity.
It is becoming a well-known fact that what we put in our bodies can either fight or cause inflammation, and many foods are being labeled as Anti-Inflammatory foods:
- Nuts - walnuts and almonds
- Olive Oil
- Leafy, green vegetables
- Fatty fish - tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines
- Fruits - berries, cherries oranges
Limiting or avoiding these foods can help fight inflammation:
- Sweetened beverages and sodas
- Fried foods
- White bread, pastries or other refined carbohydrates
- Shortening, margarine or lard
- Processed meats
- Red meats