INFLAMMATION

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“Inflammation drives the aging process faster than any  other biomarker”says  Tasneem Bhatia in “The 21 Day Belly Fix” Causes of dangerous inflammation stem from many sources including physical and microbial attacks, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum disease, tendinitis and beyond.

Chronic inflammation results when the body believes it is under constant attack igniting the immune system into a continuous mode of defense. Chronic inflammation leads to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other equally frightening and deadly diseases.

When inflammation strikes the different areas of the body there are ways to relieve it.

Arthritis is relieved by avoiding the protein found in wheat and wheat products. Wheat protein can also cause inflammation in individual joints, bowels and lungs. Wheat protein allergy may produce asthma.

Asthma is a lung issue causing inflammation and is worsened by alcohol and even wine consumption caused by the sulfate content.

Body inflammation is eased by consuming anti-inflammation foods such as tomato,olive oil, green leafy vegetables, broccoli,  nuts, fatty fish; salmon, tuna, snapper, halibut, cod and bass, oranges, berries, pineapple, ginger, turmeric and garlic. Beneficial vitamins are Vitamins C & K.

Bowels & Bloating  to relieve inflammation cut emulsifiers which are mainly found in processed foods. Emulsifiers include: lecithin, mono and diglycerides, polysorbates and “esters”. Avoid red meat limiting its consumption. Consuming good oils such as olive, canola, sunflower and safflower helps decrease inflammation. Kombucha tea made from a SCOBY is greatly beneficial.           https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

Brain inflammation is relieved by ingesting healthy fats of which olive oil is a great choice containing oleic acid and omega 9 fatty acid. Fat soluble vitamins A, C, E and K are good for fighting inflammation. Five servings of nuts per week is helpful. A serving is 18-28 kernels. Good nut choices are almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Sunflower seeds are another good choice. Nuts & seeds provide Omega 3. Avocado is a good inflammation controller. Avocados contribute 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 6% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 10%folate, 11% fiber, 2% iron, 6% potassium and 136 micrograms of lutein per 50g serving.

EYES are adversely affected by caffeine to green tea containing polyphenols or natural plant compounds like catechins, theaflavins, tannins, and flavonoids.

Heart inflammation is reduced by consuming nuts (5 servings per week) and good oils.

Joint inflammation and individual cell damage caused by excessive inflammation  is reduced by omega 3 fatty acid and by watching what is eaten good foods for this include: fatty fish and turkey containing B6, good oils, nuts, fruits especially berries, cherries and pineapple, ginger, garlic, basil, thyme,oregano, cumin, turmeric, chili powder 70% or more dark chocolate and green tea.

Lungs  are relieved from inflammation by beta carotene found in papayas, pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato and more.  Nuts especially almonds, cod liver oil capsules, vitamin A, D, E and the mineral magnesium are beneficial.

Nasal  inflammation-  try using a humidifier or vaporizer, take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm (but not too hot) water, drink lots of fluids, use a nasal saline spray, try a neti pot, nasal irrigator, or bulb syringe, sit a warm, wet towel on your face, prop yourself up.

Periodontal Disease is relieved by using an aloe vera rinse or gel which attacks unhealthy bacterias.

Psoriasis responds to omega 3 fatty acids found in good oils especially canola, wild rice, eggs, soy beans, walnuts & enriched dairy products.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  inflammation is increased by strenuous exercise like golf (extensive walking), tennis, softball, baseball, weight lifting, martial arts, basketball, cycling, hiking, etc. RA victims need stretching and  low impact exercise.

Tendonitis and Achilles Heel is relieved by stretching and extending.

Works Cited:

Perring, Stephen, The Anti-Inflammation Checklist, AARP Magazine Dec. 2017 pgs 26-27

https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/foods-that-reduce-inflammation

10 Top Foods That Prevent Inflammation in Your Body

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-congestion#1

Easing Senior Arthritic Pain

Arthritic joint and muscle pain is often caused by a substance called fibrin. Fibrin is defined in the Biochemistry dictionary as an insoluble protein formed from fibrinogen during the clotting of blood. It forms a fibrous mesh that impedes the flow of blood. Fibrin creates long tough strands of insoluble protein that bind to platelets. These strands bind around joints and are found on and surrounding the joints of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

The normal human body produces proteolytic enzymes which destroy fibrin. As the body ages the ability to produce these enzymes lessens. It becomes noticeable in the mid 20’s and worsens from there on. The exact age varies from person to person, however by 50’s – 70’s it takes ingestion of proteolytic enzymes to maintain an ample supply to destroy fibrin and eliminate its ability to create pain.

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Certain foods destroy proteolytic enzymes and should be seriously considered in the diet of an arthritis pain sufferer. One of these problem causers is gluten. Gluten is a protein source found in wheat, barely and rye.   All forms of wheat contain gluten. Some other everyday foods contain gluten examples are pasta and beer.

Another culprit that should be limited and or avoided is processed food. Processed foods contain added salt, sugars and unhealthy fats. A 2016 research study showed that processed foods contribute almost 60% of calories and 90% of excess sugar in the American diet. Pizza, french fries, peanut butter and many cereals are examples of processed foods.

Blackened foods are another killer of proteolytic enzymes. The summer grill provides wonderful flavor however, if the pain outweighs the taste consume in moderation.

Alcohol is a major destroyer of this vital enzyme. Many people consume 7 or more alcoholic beverages daily. 1 or 2 is enough to add to arthritic pain.alcohol

White sugar and its imitators create great damage. Hard to avoid? Maybe, but definitely worth the effort if pain is severe.

To add new proteolytic enzymes to your body eat raw fruits & vegetables as often as possible. Salads are wonderful choices. In the summer months consume fresh fruits and vegetables while the supplies last. Bromelain found in pineapple  and pa-pain found in papaya are full of proteolytic enzymes. 

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Year round sources of proteolytic enzymes include asparagus, unpeeled apples, figs and both black and green tea. All are wise choices containing rutin. Rutin is a prime replenisher of necessary enzymes to reduce pain. Citric bioflavonoids are also high in Proteolytic enzymes and found in all citrus fruits.

Turmeric containing curcumin is an especially important source of proteolytic enzymes. Learn to use it like it was salt. Put it in vegetables, soups, salad dressings, Mexican dishes. Adding it to chicken broth and egg yolks (deviled eggs) creates a deep rich yellow color.

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Ginger is a great choice. Ginger root tea hot or cold is a good refresher and supplier of proteolytic enzymes. Recipe: Boil 4 cups of water add ginger root ( cut a 2 inch piece, peel & grate), slice 1 lemon peel and all. Add grated ginger and lemon to water. Steep 5 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. Serve hot or chill. Ginger is also a good taste enhancer in many food creations including oriental and many sauces, glazes and marinades

With just a little effort you can reduce the pain caused by inflammation and bone reduction brought on by fibrinogen right in your own kitchen.

Works Cited:

https://securessl.naturalhealthreports.net/products/136/5-worst-foods-for-arthritis-and-joint-pain?utm_type=paid&utm_source=Google&utm

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/processed-