By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
‘Anti-inflammatory’ is quite the buzzword lately. If something is anti-inflammatory for our bodies, then of course we want it! This Anti-Inflammatory Morning Concoction is especially popular right now. But why is something that’s anti-inflammatory so important? We want to share everything you need to know about inflammation and why living an anti-inflammatory life is so important.
For starters, inflammation isn’t all that bad when it’s controlled. It’s actually an important part of healing and tissue regeneration, and it’s a crucial protective mechanism for the body against infections, environmental toxins, injury and stress. Inflammation causes the release of cytokines which are natural chemicals that stimulate the cells to start the process of healing and repair. On the flip side, inflammatory cytokines are destructive to normal healthy cells. So if your body has to work over and over again to repair itself, it irritates the healthy cells leading to more inflammation and tissue destruction (ie. arthritic pain and continued degeneration).
The mechanism of inflammation involves the immune system. The immune system works to protect the body and tissues from injury and infections in two different ways: 1.Vascular; to deliver more nutrients and blood to repair the tissue and bring restorative nutrients to the area, and 2. Cellular; to remove the waste from the area and protect the tissue from further damage.
The majority of the long term implications of inflammation is the impact it has on overall health and longevity, chronic inflammation is also nicknamed the ‘silent killer’. Chronic inflammation or prolonged inflammation is associated with an increase in all degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Chronic prolonged inflammation really is the basis for all chronic disease.
Chronic inflammation is caused from continuous insults to the body, such as:
Symptoms of Acute Inflammation
Symptoms of acute inflammation are usually characterized by redness, swelling, pain, and stiffness, but sometimes with long term inflammation the effects are not obvious until there has been significant damage. Other symptoms that are less obvious are feelings of heat that is constant or intermittent, discomfort, muscle aches and pains, skin rashes, ongoing fatigue, dizziness, feeling generally unwell and sick, increased environmental and food sensitivities and/or allergies, sleeplessness, increased perspiration and sometimes nothing. When taking a case study as a practitioner you can generally determine the level of inflammation based on lifestyle factors and medical and family history.
There are blood tests that also can demonstrate systemic inflammation that isn’t disease or tissue specific but has been associated with increased inflammatory disease such as homocysteine, CRP, ESR and elevated ferritin.
The Beauty of Juice
One of the beauties of juicing is the nutrients quell inflammation and really work to reduce the symptoms that people may experience. A drop in body temperature, more energy, improved focus, and feeling better within themselves are highly associated with a significant reduction in systemic inflammation. This experience with Rebooters leaves me feeling pleased as I know they feel better but I’m more focused on the fact that there is a reduction in inflammation which means a reduction in chronic disease and other health implications that can be associated!
Important factors to reduce chronic inflammation:
These are the basics for long term health and longevity with a strong positive impact on reducing systemic inflammation and reducing your risk of many types of diseases.