Inflammation: The Root Cause Of All Disease

Inflammation root cause of disease. Is our current knowledge of diet and nutrition causing us health issues? If inflammation is the root cause of all disease, should we focus on eliminating inflammation from our diets to become healthier as an individual and as a whole? Pyramid of Health

In a previous article, I detailed how a programmer would look at out current health situation; we look for the root cause of issues and go from there to find the optimal (correct) solution.

What is the correct health solution? Most times, the issue is simpler than we believe (“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple”). There is an important question to ask: Does it make more sense that there is a cure for everything or that there is not a cure for everything? Which world would you rather live in?

I sourced a lot of information in this blog post as there is plenty of information out there on this subject already and would like to give credit to those who have already figured out the root cause. Click on “src” at the end of a paragraph to see the source of the information.

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“When your body activates your immune system, it sends out inflammatory cells. These cells attack bacteria or heal damaged tissue. If your body sends out inflammatory cells when you are not sick or injured, you may have chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a symptom of many chronic diseases, such as arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease.” src

“Nemec is currently studying metabolic and nutritional medicine, focusing on the underlying causes if health and disease. All disease starts with cellular inflammation, Nemec says. “Whether you have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmune disease, or Alzheimer’s, it all starts with inflammation at the cellular level, which leads to either early cell death translating into specific organ or gland disease, or into cancer stem cell stimulation, which fuels cancer cell growth and metastasis.” ” src

All cells need four basic elements to live and thrive, Nemec says—oxygen in, water in, food in, and waste products out. “If these are done on a timely basis, the cells will live very long,” he said.

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Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases

Chronic inflammation is the root cause of so many diseases, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, & lupus
  • Inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease src

Causes of Inflammation

  • Diet: gluten, casein, processed foods, sugar and carbohydrates, industrial food, fast food and so forth
  • Drugs: corticosteroids, antibiotics, antacids etc
  • Stress: an increase in cortisol (adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine)
  • Emotional imbalance and trauma: stress alterations plus sympathetic-parasympathetic imbalance, vagal alteration, brain-networks etc
  • Hormone imbalance: thyroid hormones, progesterone, oestradiol, testosterone
  • At a neurological level: brain trauma, ictus etc
  • Metabolic level: there are various processes, in particular glycosylate end products (inflammatory end products of sugar metabolism)
  • Physical alterations: physical trauma, tissue lesion etc
  • Infections: H-Pylori, yeast or bacterial proliferation, viral or parasite infection
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Endocrine disruptors (contained, incidentally, in detergents, soaps and various other household products).
  • Periodontal disease and gum recession
  • Chemicals in cleaning products, plastics, beauty products, food
  • Prescription and over the counter medications and supplements
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Defense For Gut & Immune System

What are the defence processes for the gut and immune system?

mmune system defence is composed of various barriers.

  1. The first barrier is the gut microbiome, also known as gut flora, and amounts to the bacteria and microorganisms that live in the body’s mucous membranes, especially in the digestive tract and in the gut. The microbiome performs a critical role in immune defense producing a series of key substances (such as short chain fatty acids) that regulate homeostasis and pathogen defense processes. 
  2. The gut mucous membrane represents a second barrier: a single layer of epithelial cells that separate the gut lumen home to bacterial flora in the gut epithelium. Mucus stops large particles from coming into contact with the epithelial cell layer, enabling the passage of small molecules.
  3. A third barrier is represented by the gut epithelium, a layer of epithelial cells that cover the intestine and that protect it but also manage the absorption of nutrients and other substances.

Below all these layers we find the immune system itself, composed of a series of cells whose role it is to defend the body.

When the layers prior to the immune system are damaged, any substance, pathogen or not, is able to cross the barrier, activate the immune system and trigger an inflammatory response.

In these conditions (known as dysbiosis or leaky gut) not just viruses and bacteria, but also various other substances that are normally regarded as harmless, such as glucose, lactose, or substances produced by the body in response to stress or trauma (such as catecholamine adrenalin, noradrenalin or dopamineare able to enter and can trigger an inflammatory response.

In fact, today we know that a chronic inflammatory process can be induced by psychological trauma, the environment, stress or nutrition.

As the gut continues to undergo damage, the body responds with an inflammatory process that, if unsolved, can become chronic, manifesting itself over time with a series of symptoms that range from allergic reactions to more serious diseases like cancer. src

Managing the Inflammatory Processes

A change in diet can certainly help to overcome an inflammatory process.

However, to favour change and recover physiological state it is not enough to increase some foods over others, but potentially inflammatory foods need to be limited or reduced.

It will therefore be useful to reduce or eliminate the following for a set period of time: carbohydrates such as pasta, bread or pizza, foods that contain fructose (soft drinks, fruit juices etc), all vegetable oils that contain high levels of omega-6, foods containing trans fats, foods rich in glutamate and aspartame.

We should:

Increase the intake of foods rich in omega-3 such as oily fish, meat from grazing animals that have mainly eaten grass or hay, free-range animal meat or free-range eggs.

Increase quality fats such as butter, eggs, oily fish like salmon, fatty matured cheese, cream, dark chocolate, dried fruit etc.

Increase intake of fibre-rich vegetables that contribute to the well-being of the gut microbiome.

And, after a period of preparation, introduce periods of intermittent fasting that are very useful to reduce inflammatory processes and favour a return to physiological state.

All these directions can be made all the more effective via exercises that help manage states of hyperactivation and hyperstimulation acting synergistically and systematically to reduce or overcome a chronic inflammation process. One example is the Crossed Cycles Breathing Technique that intervenes on different levels to manage stress responses, recover wellbeing, establish physiological state for body and mind and develop self-control in every situation.

In particular, carrying out this technique before meals enables a slow-down of rhythms and relaxes the mind and muscles in the top part of the body. It will thus be possible to eat calmly, enjoy out food and nourish ourselves in our physiological state both mentally and physically, creating ideal conditions to digest and absorb food. src

Treatment

Seeing as chronic inflammation is the root cause of all disease, it would make sense that our treatment focuses on reducing or eliminating inflammation. There are many ways to reduce inflammation as noted above, with supplements, stress reduction, diet changes, environment changes. I would recommend focusing on supplements which reduce inflammation in the body, this is one of the fastest ways to reduce inflammation. Stay hydrated, as water helps remove waste from cells.

“Inflammation is an essential part of your body’s healing process. It occurs when inflammatory cells travel to the place of an injury or foreign body like bacteria. If inflammatory cells stay too long, it may lead to chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a symptom of other health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Your healthcare provider may recommend medication or at-home management. You can reduce inflammation by eating anti-inflammatory foods and managing stress.” src

Stay healthy

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