Tuesday, 01 March 2016 14:47

Pay Attention to your Inflammatory Markers. This Simple Blood Test Could Save Your Life!

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The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body.

Mounting evidence underscores the critical role that inflammation plays in the development and continuation of "diabesity". One study in JAMA: The Journal of the Medical Association1 established that people with a high C-reactive protein blood level have a 1,700 percent increased probability of developing diabetes.

Besides obesity and type 2 diabetes, inflammation contributes to almost every modern disease including heart disease, cancer, and dementia as well as arthritis, autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive disorders.

Acute Versus Chronic Inflammation

There's two kinds of Inflammation. 

Acute inflammation is your body’s appropriate response to infection or trauma.  You’ve experienced a sore throat, rash, hives, or a sprained ankle. But inflammation should do its job and then leave.

With allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, or asthma, an overactive immune response and chronic inflammation can slowly wreak havoc, eventually leading to illness and rapid aging.

What causes inflammation

Especially with high CRP levels, you want to do everything possible to reduce inflammation including:

  • A high-sugar, processed foods diet (anything with a bar code or comes in a box, even whole-wheat food products)
  • Inflammatory fats (omega 6 fats like vegetable oils and trans fats)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Hidden or chronic infections with viruses, bacteria, yeasts or parasites
  • Mold and other environmental allergens
  • Toxicity from an overload of environmental toxins

8 Strategies to Reduce Chronic Inflammation

Couple with our highly-processed diet (granola bars, breakfast cereals, frozen foods) – with its abundance of vegetable oils, trans fats, and sugar – with high stress levels and crappy sleep, and you’ve got a surefire recipe for chronic inflammation.

Reversing inflammation can reduce your risk for disease, help you shed those few pounds, and leave you feeling and looking better no matter what your age.

When my clients have high CRP levels or otherwise experience chronic inflammation, I use these eight strategies to reduce their inflammatory levels:

Eat real food. Too many sugary foods, including wheat flour, raise insulin, eventually paving the path for insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. A vicious cycle results as insulin resistance creates even more chronic inflammation. Eat an anti-inflammatory high fiber, plant-based, whole foods diet.

Do an oil change. Besides sugar, omega-6 rich soybean, corn, and other vegetable oils fuel your inflammatory fire. Eat healthy fats from coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, avocados and omega 3 fats from small fish like sardines, herring, sable, and wild salmon. If you don’t eat wild-caught fish at least three or four times each week, consider a high-quality, mercury-free fish oil supplement.

Exercise regularly. One study in the Journal of Applied Physiology 2 found exercise protected against chronic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  If you’re just starting out, walking for 30 minutes, five times a week. If you want to step things up a few notches, try interval training and weight resistance.

Actively relax. Learn to actively relax to engage your vagus nerve, the powerful nerve that relaxes your whole body and lowers inflammation, by doing meditation, deep breathing, or even taking a hot bath. One study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found yoga could reduce inflammation and stress, and “regular practice could have substantial health benefits.”

Address food allergies and sensitivities. One study in the journal Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes compared obese kids to normal-weight kids and found obese children had a threefold higher level of CRP and 2.5 higher level of IgG antibodies for the 277 foods tested.  Food sensitivities, weight gain, and insulin resistance are intricately connected.

Eliminating common highly reactive foods, including soy, gluten, and dairy can dramatically reduce inflammation.

Take probiotics. Studies show among their benefits, a probiotic supplement can help reduce intestinal inflammation. These healthy gut flora also improve digestion, further reducing inflammation.  Look for a high-quality probiotic supplement that contains 10 billion CFU of Bifidobacteria species and Lactobacillus species.

Address nutrient deficiencies. Look at a high-quality multivitamin/ multi-mineral as your best insurance policy that covers any gaps you might not get in a whole foods diet. One study in The American Journal of Medicine found a multivitamin could lower C-reactive protein levels.

Spice it up. Turmeric is one of my favorite spices to help reduce inflammation. Others include ginger, rosemary and garlic.

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