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When we experience a physical injury, our bodies respond by releasing substances designed to help fight the injury and repair any damage that may have been caused. Some of these substances are releases by muscle tissue, which helps to explain the theory that we heal faster if we keep moving. Others are released by organs, such as the liver, and may be measured by taking a blood sample. The body reacts to any inflammation in the same way, not just in response to injuries. Inflammation does not need to be the result of an injury to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms.

Our immune systems are effective at keeping us going without any apparent symptoms, in spite of the battle that may be going on internally. Many people have poor diets that are high in glucose and low in nutrients. This leads to obesity, diabetes and fuels inflammation and damaged tissue, recognized as advanced glycation end products. Glycation is a process whereby glucose bonds with proteins in the cells and leads to oxidative damage. Unfortunately, if we maintain a high glucose intake we tilt the battle too heavily in favor of inflammation. This can lead to serious consequences including atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes and more.

In the lab, a marker for high inflammation in the blood that can be measured is C-reactive protein, which is produced by the liver in response to inflammation. Medical professionals use this protein as a predictor of cardiovascular disease and heart failure. Obesity and diabetes are major contributors to inflammation and they significantly increase the risk of heart failure. Maintaining a high glucose, low nutrient diet keeps our bodies in a constant state of low-grade inflammation that is heightened when injuries occur or when the internal damage goes beyond what our immune systems can handle.

In addition to obesity, a sedentary lifestyle may also contribute to inflammation. When we exercise, muscle tissues release inflammation-fighting substances into the blood. This not only helps our bodies recover from the exercise stress, but also helps to fight inflammation in general. Dietary contributors include high glucose or starch intake and insufficient nutrients known to fight inflammation such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and other antioxidants. Insufficient Vitamin B, magnesium and folic acid can lead to damaged blood vessels and oxidative stress.

Worth noting is the role that Omega-3 oil plays as a natural inflammation fighter. Omega-3 essential fatty acids support proper cell membrane function, which helps to reduce oxidative damage. Good food sources are fatty fish like salmon and sardines, seeds and nuts. Supplementation with omega-3 is also helpful in fighting inflammation and providing these essential fatty acids to the cells.

Eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits and berries in particular and healthy proteins like fish to supply the nutrients you need for healthy body functions. Keep moving each day to help the muscles generate additional anti-inflammation fighting agents. If you take off those excess pounds, you will empower your immune system to keep winning the fight the inflammation battle that wages inside you. Don’t forget your children. Childhood obesity is a major problem. Starting the inflammation battle cycle going at such a young age can only set them up for more complications later on.

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Source by Patrick Smyth

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