How Chronic Inflammation robs You of your health
We now know that the inflammation that accumulates in the tissues of your body over time is the KEY driver of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers.
In other words as we age, inflammation increases and becomes a greater threat. That’s why these are so called ‘age related diseases’.
But how does it happen? And how can you prevent or reduce this inner inflammation?
Well, first we need to differentiate between acute and chronic inflammation.
is a necessary defensive and visible element in the body’s immune response to injury, stress, pollution and infection. In the case of injury, bacterial attack or an insect bite, for example, specialised immune cells are directed to the affected site causing reddening, swelling, heat and pain. The reddening and swelling is due to the fact that immune hormones like histamine cause narrow blood vessels to expand to allow more blood to reach the affected site.
Acute inflammation is a sign that the immune response is normal and the event is usually short-lived, lasting hours to a few days.
Chronic sub-clinical inflammation
is an excess and unhealthy invisible inflammatory response that can linger for months or often years. (Chronic means continuous and sub-clinical means undetectable). Because you cannot see or feel this type of inflammation, it has been called “a silent killer.”
Chronic inflammation – which has been strongly linked to faulty insulin response and therefore diabetes – is caused by a number of factors that include:
- A failure of previous acute inflammation incidences to be fully cleared up
- Atmospheric pollution and especially NOX particles
- Foods that directly cause inflammation – like Omega 6 oils, sugar and starches that are converted to sugar. Sugar in the blood literally coats proteins in the body – a highly damaging process called glycation.
- High temperature grilling and frying.
- Excess body fat – and especially around the waist
- Stress and not enough sleep which results in excess cytokines (cell signalling proteins) which are pro-inflammatory.
Dr Paul Clayton:
- Former Chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour, Oxford
Former Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government’s Committee on the Safety of Medicines.
- Finally there is a complex interaction between excess free radical formation (oxidative stress) and inflammation, both of which are increasingly damaging to brain and body as we get older.
This is just a brief summary and we strongly recommend you read the free book INFLAMMAGING – available from this site.
But the conclusion from medical researchers is clear. If you want to reduce your risk of disease and live healthier for longer, you need to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.
And an supplement like Nutrishield, which contains natural, powerful, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ‘preventative’ nutrients -as well as vitamins and minerals – is giving yourself the very best chance of continued health.