3 ways to detox your body and stop inflammation now
Have you ever wondered why some skinny, otherwise healthy people develop major diseases, and some just don't?
Even further, have you wondered why some who are CLEARLY out of shape can go on living life with few serious health issues?
Look, were all living in the same world, and we're all exposed to the same environmental factors.
And while the environment plays a major role in health, there HAS to be something else.
Long story short...there IS.
Longevity usually comes down to 3 factors:
1) What you put into your mouth
2) Your lifestyle habits (plus some genetic influence)
3) Your ability (or lack thereof) to detox your body via the liver and kidneys.
The best part is, these 3 factors are all connected by one "deciding" issue: Inflammation
If I haven't sounded like a broken record already talking about inflammation, don't you worry...I will in this post. (And probably a bunch of future posts too. Hey, it's important!)
You see, inflammation is a sort of double-edged sword in the body.
One on hand, its important for survival and well-being when you get an infection or injury. In this case, inflammation walls off the wounded area so that the infection doesn't end up spreading to other parts of the body. Additionally, it causes redness, swelling and/or pain, essentially warning you to quit being a hero, and stop using/moving the injured area!
On the other hand, when inflammation becomes chronic and begins to affect the entire body (i.e. systemic/system-wide inflammation), things start getting out of hand. And thats when the immune system starts attacking different organs, aging progresses rapidly and diagnoses of stubborn diseases are handed out.
What's the solution?
Detox your body, all-naturally (and without 7-day juice fasts or anything equally ridiculous).
It all really boils down to THREE issues, though most modern medicine will tell you there are "tons of disturbing factors that are making you very sick...don't worry though, you'll be OK with this $220 pill"...YEAH RIGHT!
OK I'll stop my tirade now on big pharma and doctors who mostly prescribe drugs (rather than working to prevent the issue in the first place!)
3 Factors That Can Cause Chronic Inflammation
1. Lack of Exercise
While lack of exercise isn't the #1 cause of the systemic inflammation, it is the #1 factor you can immediately impact. When you exercise, you increase circulation to all parts of the body, helping each organ semi-detoxify itself.
You also activate the macrophages, which tend to become a little sedentary if you dont move around much. Macrophages are the white blood cells that engulf bacteria, toxins and foreign invaders. When theyre moving around in the body, youll have more efficient detoxification.
This is one of the reasons why some people take up jumping on a trampoline (yes, I'm serious); this activity has been linked with making the sedentary white blood cells more active and improving lymphatic drainage.
2. Hidden Infections
Another top cause of systemic inflammation is hidden infections such as Lymes disease, mononucleosis, and gum disease.
Note: These aren't incurable conditions; you just need a savvy doctor who knows how to treat them once and for all.
Hidden infections aren't exactly my scope of expertise, but it's something to watch out for. On a good note, I've found that for the vast majority of people, fixing Issue #1 (Lack of Exercise) and Issue #3 (Bad Diet) will be more than enough to radically improve your health.
3. Poor Diet and Excessive Chemical/Toxin Intake
The cause of systemic inflammation that you have the most control over is an unhealthy diet. Those candy bars and cakes or cookies may look (and taste) delicious but in reality, the sugar or other sweeteners, white flour, chemicals and preservatives in them are linked to inflammation, aging and disease.
Even worse, the 200 calorie Smart Ones meals and other "healthy" frozen dinners are TERRIBLE. I watched a lady buy one of these junk dinners at the supermarket just 10 minutes ago. It's frustrating to watch, but then again it's not my place to come out of nowhere and reprimand her (though I wish I could!!).
(A peek into my groceries: picked up a few staples, including some delicious full-fat yogurt, grass-fed beef, spinach, and eggs. You'll NEVER go wrong with real, whole foods.)
The truth is, our body sees all these chemically-laden, processed foods as foreign invaders. As a result, our white blood cell armies head to the front lines and start attacking everything in sight. Before you know it, you have system-wide inflammation.
But what exactly is a poor diet? Here are some characteristics (that your doctor probably didn't tell you about!)
1. Contains sugar and/or sugar substitutes
2. Includes inflammatory fats such as canola oil and most vegetable/seed oils (other than coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and non-fractionated non-hydrogenated palm oil)
3. Contains hydrogenated fats, instead of essential fats
4. Doesnt include Omega-3 fats either from good food or supplements
5. Forgets to include plenty of vegetables and fiber-rich foods
6. Neglects good high-quality sources of protein such as naturally-raised animal proteins
7. Full of artificial preservatives and chemicals
- Substitutes sweetened beverages or caffeinated beverages for pure water
- Doesn't include phytonutrients from natural herbs
Poor diets including characteristics above (which are shockingly similar to the typical American diet) result in gastrointestinal lining issues (especially, leaky gut syndrome).
Essentially, the GI lining begins to thin, which then allows sewage from the colon to enter in small amounts into the bloodstream. Additionally, toxins and chemicals now have an "entry point" into the bloodstream, which can wreak havoc on the body.
This form of poor nutrition also invites yeast cells in, which mutate into candida -- this candida literally grows onto the GI tract, so the yeast can continue to eat holes in the lining.
More sewage enters the bloodstream and the immune system goes into a frenzy, believing that there are "armies" of foreign invaders attacking at once.
Note: The same thing happens when you eat foods that your body doesn't tolerate well. With a thin digestive system lining, the proteins of the allergenic foods pass into the bloodstream, which is when the immune system goes into a frenzy.
And if you're eating allergenic foods all day long (which many of us are), imagine the type of damage that is occurring!
FYI, some common allergens that many people have issues with are: wheat, gluten, dairy, and soy.
Cutting these allergens out, and instead focusing on natural animal proteins, healthy fats, veggies, and occasional gluten/wheat-free grains (such as rice) can work wonders on your body, mind, and overall well-being.
Disclaimer: Geeky science part begins...NOW.
To understand the battle on a much more detailed level, youll have to understand a bit on the connection between cytokines and inflammation.
Good immune function is a happy balance between pro-inflammatory cells and anti-inflammatory cells of the immune system; between T helper 1 cells and T helper 2 cells.
When inflammation rears its ugly head, tons of T helper 1 cells are produced along with their pro-inflammatory cytokines.
What are cytokines, you ask?
Well, a cytokine is a molecular messenger, made of protein, that runs between cells. The message the cytokine brings to cells of the immune system is how to regulate the response of your body to infection and disease.
One of the three different types of cytokines are immunoregulatory/pro-inflammatory cytokines, of which there are three sub-types:
Now, our cells generally release any and all cytokines into the bloodstream or into the tissues. Once released, they locate and bind to target immune cells.
When things are running smoothly, this process will happen naturally and at a normal/moderate level. The cytokines will bind to its target immune cells and the body can effectively fight damage to cells, stop infection, and more. (It will also happen in short, intense bursts when there's an acute pain/injury for example).
Unfortunately, there is often a major overproduction of these pro-inflammatory cytokines. This is the "chronic, systemic inflammation" that I speak about often. It's the long-term inflammatory response that occurs when the body is constantly forced to respond to threats to its well-being and sense of balance.
These "threats" are what we spoke about earlier:- Lack of exercise
- Hidden Infections, in some cases
- Poor diet, and excessive toxin/chemical intake
Without proper attention to these 3 factors, we have a body rampant with inflammation, cell damage and tissue destruction.
And while it's hard to visualize those "internal" issues, it's much easier to visualize the external results:
- Excess fat, especially around the belly and love handles
- Chronic joint pain and muscle pain
- Autoimmune issues (such as rheumatoid arthritis and more
- Celiac disease (and gluten intolerance)
- Acne and dull, dry skin
Honestly, the list can go on for a while.
The simple truth is, inflammation on a chronic level is the primary cause of many, MAJOR health issues.
Putting a simple clamp on the issue with a convenient pharmaceutical, skin cream, and/or low-calorie diet isn't necessarily the answer. Rather, a proper and consistent look at the CAUSE (diet, exercise, and toxins) will stop issues in no time.
By keeping the 3 causes of inflammation in mind, and essentially DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE:
1. Exercising LESS (and doing it in an efficient manner: resistance train 3x a week for 45 minutes per session)
2. Paying attention to our diet and toxin intake (only eat "real", natural foods -- if they have more than 1 ingredient, you're asking for trouble)
3. If diet and exercise are 100% on point, then keep an eye out (with your doctor's help) for hidden infections that could cause inflammatory conditions.
A bit about inflammation testing
You can determine your level of inflammation with two lab tests. The C-reactive Protein (CRP) test is the more popular one, but the Interleukin-6 one is just as important. Ask your doctor about these if you're dealing with any of the inflammation-related issues noted above. It's also smart to get these tests done once a year or so, even if you don't necessarily "feel" poorly. This is because inflammation doesn't manifest itself externally in all people, so you might not know you're in trouble, when you really are.
Additionally, research studies have shown that those with the highest levels of these markers for inflammation (CRP and interleukin-6) had a much higher mortality risk within the next few years.
Decreasing the inflammation we have in the body is really the only solution. By eating plenty of unprocessed, natural foods, a good amount of vegetables and fiber, doing light cleanses with herbs that strengthen the liver and balance immune system functions, and maybe even throwing in some short 12-16 hour daily fasts (read: intermittent fasting), you can return many body functions to normal and get back to having fun in life without pain, without excessive doctor visits and without medications.
What You Should Do Now
Choose 1 method that you will use to fight back against chronic inflammation and get started!
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