First let's take a closer look at the process of inflammation. What is it? Inflammation is known as a localized reaction of tissue, generally resulting from irritation, injury, or infection. 1 3 This process is meant to protect the body. Perhaps you already know that the immune system is very much involved in the process of inflammation. In fact, a certain amount of inflammation in the event of an infection is part of a healthy immune response. 2
So how can inflammation play a role in diseases like heart disease and cancer?..Well, research suggests that the role of inflammation may be different for each disease. For example, scientific studies have shown that higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) are an important factor in the prediction of heart disease. 3 These C-reactive proteins are higher when systemic inflammation is present. 3 And according to the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, inflammation seems to promote the mutation and growth of cancerous tumors. 4
Now it seems that inflammation may play a part in heart disease and cancer. 3 4 7 8 But did you know that inflammation might be the primary cause of type 2 diabetes? Research at the University of California and Switzerland's University of Fribourg has shown that inflammation tends to encourage insulin resistance; much more so than simply being overweight. 5 6
We know that inflammation plays a role in the development of some of today's most serious diseases. But what are some causes of excessive inflammation? And how do we balance inflammation? Remember that some inflammation at the right point in time is necessary for healthy immune function. Perhaps the key lies in the workings of the immune system itself. Let's take a closer look.
What are the characteristics of a healthy immune system? One word that comes to mind is: balance. We encourage you to watch this short video which discusses fighting inflammation by balancing your immune system:
Balance Your Immune System to Fight Inflammation
Still the question remains: how does one achieve a balanced immune system? The answer will probably vary from person to person, since we are all unique individuals. However, here are some factors to consider when trying to balance your immune system:
- Reduce stress 7
- Avoid allergies (including food allergies)
- Fix hidden or low-grade infections 7
- Reduce exposure environmental toxins (chemicals, drinking water, etc...) 7
- Change your diet and lifestyle
Nowadays there are even diets geared towards reducing inflammation. In addition to dietary changes, supplementation can also be helpful in reducing inflammation quickly. T.J. Clark provides a variety of supplements that may help reduce inflammation. Here are some of our best-sellers:
- Legendary Minerals – Our Legendary Minerals is an organic mineral complex that has been said to help reduce inflammation by our customers. Next time you get a small external injury or bug bite that results in swelling, (inflammation), soak it in Legendary Minerals for 15 or 20 minutes and watch it work.
- MSM – An organic form of sulfur that may reduce inflammation. 9 According to our customers, our Liquid MSM may be helpful for seasonal allergies.
- Fish Oil – Our Catalyzed Fish Oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which may help reduce inflammation.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D has been said to help reduce inflammation by health experts. 10 Our Liquid Vitamin D is much easier to take when compared to capsules.
In the end inflammation appears to be an important part of the equation of health. We are finding out that too much inflammation may be just as bad as not enough. By understanding how inflammation works and listening to your body, you can make healthy decisions now for a healthier tomorrow. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for another helpful newsletter next month.
Definition of Inflammation. MedicineNet.com.
Immune response. Medline Plus.
Inflammation, Heart Disease and Stroke: The Role of C-Reactive Protein American Heart Association.
Why Cancer and Inflammation? Seth Rakoff-Nahoum. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
Inflammation: The Root of Diabetes. HealthCentral.com.
Type 2 Diabetes: Inflammation, Not Obesity, Cause Of Insulin Resistance. Science Daily.
Inflammation: The Real Cause of All Disease and How to Reduce and Prevent It. BodyEcology.com.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tips. Andrew Weil, M.D. Weil.com.
MSM Combats Seasonal Allergies And Hay Fever In A Big Way. Tom Bay Ezine Articles.
Vitamin D Deficiency Related To Increased Inflammation In Healthy Women. Science Daily.