Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances. Redness, pain, and swelling are indications that there is infection and inflammation. Most Americans are living a lifestyle that causes chronic silent inflammation. People with Cardiovascular diseases, Arthritis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancers, Asthma, Allergies, all “itis” inflammatory diseases are linked to having higher levels of inflammation than those without these diseases. Silent inflammation is like a poison that seeps into all of the body’s systems causing destruction to the immune system and major organs like the heart and brain.
The inflammatory state is usually associated with redness, swelling and pain. It is a sign that something is wrong due to an injury or infection. If a virus, bacteria or parasite enter the body, inflammation attacks any tissue that may have been infected. Inflammation is also the way the body responds to trauma and injury in order to repair itself. Medicines are prescribed to reduce the inflammation and attempts are made to decrease tissue destruction. Although, pain medicine can be very effective at providing temporary relief, they do not stop what is causing the inflammation. Often, anti-inflammatory drugs can cause harmful side effects.
Silent Inflammation is inflammation without any known sickness or pain that is attacking internal body tissues including the heart, lungs and organs and leading to chronic diseases. Silent inflammation kills, whereas, classic inflammation hurts. Silent inflammation is demonstrated by a disproportionate ratio of aracadonic acids and eicosapentaenoic acids. When these hormones are in balance there is wellness. If pro inflammatory eicosanoids continue to be generated after the effective time, they will bring destruction to healthy tissues, cells and blood vessels. When the pro inflammatory hormones are dominant there is silent inflammation leading to chronic diseases.
Silent inflammation can remain hidden for years. Like a poison, it seeps into all of the body’s systems causing destruction to cells, immune system, and major organs.
Due to an injury, infection or some “initiating event,” pro inflammatory hormones attack the site and cause cellular destruction. If the eicosanoids become persistent rather than promoting cellular healing and leveling off, they cause continued cellular destruction. This can go on for years without knowing the extent of the damage being done to the body until a disease presents itself. This destructive activity attacks the immune system and major organs which may lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases.
Small meals with primarily fruits and vegetables, some lean meat, healthy oils and limited grains and starches will reduce fat intake and reduce insulin levels. Poor food choices can cause excess fat and low blood sugar. The more insulin you have, the more blood sugar is driven down, and the hungrier you are as you try to maintain adequate blood glucose levels for the brain. Balancing hormones reduces inflammation. Eating the right foods and the right amounts of food will allow hormonal balance.
There are three blood tests that are indicators of overall health. They include AA/EPA (fatty acids), Insulin (diabetes) and TG/HDL (Cholesterol). Following a healthy diet gets a person to a state of wellness and sustains wellness. Foods to avoid include processed starches, traditional starches, sugar loaded foods, and unhealthy fats. Adding fish oil, moderate exercise, and eating healthy foods all encourage living in the zone of wellness.