The Importance of Reducing Inflammation in Your Body
Many people are aware that chronic inflammation in the body is unhealthy and should be addressed, but why does chronic inflammation happen?
How Inflammation Become Chronic
Inflammation is a process by which your body’s white blood cells, and substances they produce, protect you from infection, illness or injury. As a part of the inflammatory response, your body increases its production of white blood cells, immune cells and substances called cytokines to help fight infection.
However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system - your immune system - triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal. The inflammatory response is ongoing, and you suffer from chronic inflammation.
What Inflammation Does to Your Body
Inflammation affects your body as part of an autoimmune disorder or cardiovascular disease.
Inflammation affects organs and tissues. The type of symptoms depend on which organs are affected. For example:
* Inflammation of the heart causes shortness of breath and/or fluid retention.
* Inflammation of the small tubes that transport air to the lungs causes shortness of breath and fatigue.
* Inflammation of the kidneys causes high blood pressure and/or kidney failure.
* Inflammatory bowel disease describes disorders caused by chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
* Inflammation of tissues can result in obesity.
* Inflammation in the gut can cause disruption in the maintenance of proper microbiota (small organisms) in the gut and this can lead to a myriad of health problems.
* Inflammation of the skin can result in dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Metabolic Syndrome is an Inflammatory Disorder
Up to 30% of all Americans, and around 44% of Americans over 50 years of age, have Metabolic Syndrome, a metabolic disorder.
Factors which indicate a metabolic disorder are high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess fat around the waist.
Metabolic disorders occur when the metabolism process fails and causes the body to have either too much or too little of the essential substances needed to stay healthy. Our bodies are very sensitive to errors in metabolism.
There are direct links between chronic inflammation and obesity and metabolic diseases.
Symptoms of Inflammation
* Swollen joint that is sometimes warm to the touch
* Joint pain
* Loss of joint function
* Fatigue & loss of energy
* Muscle stiffness
* Metabolic diseases.
What Can You Do to Reduce Inflammation?
1) Avoid Foods that Increase Inflammation
There are certain foods that generate inflammation in the body. Some may surprise you. If you are trying to reduce inflammation it’s best to avoid gluten, corn, eggs, soy, nuts, plants in the Nightshade family (eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes) and citrus fruits.
2) Lifestyle Factors
Getting a good night’s sleep, doing regular exercise, taking a break from alcohol, reducing the stress in your life and eating foods that can dampen inflammation, such as leafy green vegetables, can help reduce inflammation.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Substances
There are numerous natural substances that are known to help support the body because they have antioxidant potential to fight free radicals and combat inflammation. Turmeric, green tea extract, ginger, spirulina, fish oil, and camel milk are just a few of these substances.
The Power of Natural Antioxidants Against Inflammation
What are free radicals and antioxidants?
Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the damaging free radicals and antioxidants in a body. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. Free radicals can cause large chain chemical reactions in the body because they react so easily with other molecules.
When there are more free radicals present than can be kept in balance by antioxidants, the free radicals can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in the body. Proteins, lipids, and DNA make up a large part of the body, so that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time, including neurodegenerative diseases and inflammatory diseases.
Antioxidants are molecules that can donate an electron to a free radical without making themselves unstable. This causes the free radical to stabilize and become less reactive.
Many high antioxidant foods are also anti-inflammatory foods. Eating more anti-inflammatory foods, while cutting back on inflammatory ones, is an excellent way to boost your immune system, reduce the effects of aging, and prevent disease.
Antioxidants protects tissues from damage against free radicals. Because antioxidants protect tissues from damage, they prevent unwanted inflammatory responses occurring in the first place.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Potential of Camel Milk
An article in Science Direct states, “The results showed that camel milk helps improve oxidative stress. In addition to proteins, high levels of camel milk minerals, such as iron, sodium, copper, potassium, and magnesium, and a high amount of vitamin C can act as antioxidant agents that are capable of inhibiting free radicals."
Lactoferrin is a protein found naturally in milk from humans and cows. Camel milk contains more lactoferrin that many other kinds of milk.
In another article, “Antiinflammatory activities of lactoferrin” the authors’ state:
“The results indicate that lactoferrin may act as a potent anti-inflammatory protein at local sites of inflammation including the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.”
So, if you have issues related to inflammation and are looking for natural support, consider camel milk, the natural milk that can offer a wealth of nutritional benefits.