Can Chronic Inflammation Age You Faster?

Inflammation

Inflammation is the technical term for when your body’s white blood cells–and substances they create–guard you from infection from bacteria and viruses. Chronic inflammation can occur when the body’s immune system causes damage to its own tissues.

Your nutrition, allergies and how fast your body age are all interconnected. How well you eat can determine how healthy your digestive system is and how well your body runs. When you eat foods that you are allergic to, or that are hard on your digestive system, it can cause inflammation in your body. Inflammation over time—even low grade inflammation—can age your body faster than it otherwise would. Use these tips and information for having a healthy digestive system to prevent inflammation and health problems that could age you!

Understanding Inflammation

Not all inflammation is bad, contrary to popular opinion. “Your immune system is activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health,” Harvard Health said.  Even though inflammation has accompanying symptoms, that are often less desirable, it actually happens so that your body heals–which is a good thing. This healing is a type of defense mechanism in the body.

When you get injured, your body triggers different reactions to help your damaged cells heal and repair and to halt the progression of more damage. Too much inflammation, or prolonged inflammation can hinder the performance of your immune system. Inflammation puts your immune system to work. Chronic inflammation means your immunes system is constantly working. Chronic inflammation has been linked to serious diseases and conditions such as: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s.

Chronic Inflammation and Aging

Chronic inflammation can be caused from unhealthy lifestyle choices or age-related chronic disease. What some term “inflammaging” is a complicated process where our bodies respond to internal and external stimuli tirggering them to manufacture augmented levels of pro-inflammatory signals, like cytokines. The release of reactive oxygen species occurs and then these substances increase the oxidative damage to cells and tissues, triggering even more inflammation.

Fatigue

Chronic fatigue and low levels of ongoing pain from inflammation require a whole body approach for healing since it is your whole body that is affected.  Balanced Well-Being and Healthcare focuses on finding the source of your inflammation and eradicating it.

Inflammation and Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut is a condition in which microbes, waste, or other toxins “leak” through a weak or excessively permeable gut wall resulting in these toxins moving into the blood stream and other internal areas of the body. This in turn can cause a myriad of problems and trigger an immune response and inflammation, chronic inflammation.

Once your body’s intestinal lining is damaged, it is less able to protect the internal environment, and your ability to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances into your system appropriately will be compromised. The body’s natural response to a compromised intestinal lining may in fact produce additional toxins leading to more inflammation and aging early.

Removing gluten and casein from your diet and decreasing your sugar consumption may help in the treatment of Leaky Gut Syndrome and the accompanying inflammation and aging. Certain anti-fungal agents, anti-microbial agents, supplements and probiotics are also recommended depending on the nature of the patients condition. For a complete analysis of your own condition, call Balanced Well-Being Healthcare today so we can custom-tailor a recovery and wellness plan specifically for you!

Inflammation that is Diet-Based

“Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. By following an anti-inflammatory diet you can fight off inflammation for good,” research from Harvard Health showed. How does your pantry look? Choosing the right anti-inflammatory foods can reduce your risk of illness, but, conversely, consistently picking the wrong ones could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.

If your diet isn’t helping you fight the fight against inflammation and aging, an online or in-office nutritional screening may be just what you need.

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