When discussing chronic inflammation, most researchers are now in agreement that it is the precursor for the development of every chronic disease including cancer. This includes low-grade inflammation cases as well, which has also been shown to be a precursor to disease.
However, by the time the symptoms become acute enough to seek medical advice, you are probably at an advanced stage of the disease already, and reversing a new-found condition that far along is fraught with difficulties – and that’s assuming it is diagnosed correctly and the doctor follows a sane protocol. For neurodegenerative diseases, an MRI will show nerve damage only after 65% has been affected; and, autoimmune diseases are not officially declared until there is actual tissue damage, for example.
Most people are not the slightest bit aware that they have chronic inflammation occurring in their bodies, or they may view their fatigue and state of ill-being as nothing to be concerned over – and it may not be symptomatic of chronic inflammation ……but it might be.
Why Is It A Good Thing, And What Can I Do?
The point is, you have the ability to indeed know and be aware of the fact that you do or don’t have the ’cause of all disease,’ chronic inflammation, and thus can do something about it before a disorder manifests past the possible point of no return.
In this regard, one can view inflammation as a positive benefit and an early signal to be able to make changes and correct the problem as changes in the body can happen very fast – in a recent study, it takes lab mice only 13 weeks to become inflamed and create tumors when consuming normal doses of specific food additives that the FDA still recognizes as safe.
What to do?
You go and have a simple blood test performed. A blood test that specifically measures inflammation called a CRP test. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a blood test marker for inflammation in the body. Take this test when you have had no recent infections or recent body trauma, as these will spike the results. You will be looking at readings over time with periodic follow-up tests for monitoring your progress.
In the meantime, there are many foods and supplements that lower inflammation, and there are also things you are ingesting that activate and aggravate inflammation – like pesticides, artificial food additives, chemical sweeteners, refined sugar and flour, and certain cooking oils, to name a few.
Some of the foods known to lower inflammation:
- Dark Leafy Greens and Bok Choy
- Cruciferous Vegetables and Broccoli
- Bromelain Enzyme (from pineapple)
- Healthy Fats and Fatty Fish
- Beets, Ginger, Tumeric, Garlic
- Fruits Blueberries, Strawberries
- Nuts Almonds, Walnuts
Some of these go great in smoothies and some can be supplemented in capsule form, but try and get them into your diet every day (check for existing drug interactions like Bromelain with Warfarin, for instance).
If you have inflammation as evidenced by a high CRP Test score, it is a good thing to know because now you can empower yourself from this point forward to get your gut health and microbiome back in order.
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