All About Inflammation

Hello there my beautiful people. A word we hear more and more these days is inflammation. I’d like to talk about it and have you all understand more about the dangers and potential benefits of inflammation. Benefits!?… That’s right, inflammation is a bodily process which is capable of aiding us in healing injuries, alarming the immune system to pathogens and damage control (keeping things from spreading) This process would then be shut off (likely by the Vagus Nerve) after the threat is over. This would be called Acute Inflammation whereas Chronic Inflammation would last much longer, does not exhibit the same symptoms and therefore may go largely unnoticed as it silently causes cell damage.

Symptoms of Acute Inflammation are local swelling, redness, heat and pain. If this occurs in a joint mobility will be limited. The swelling, redness and heat are due to the increase in blood circulation and accumulation of fluid in the area. Remember that all the goods traded in the society which is your body are delivered through the medium of blood. In this way during acute inflammation we can direct our resources to the site and begin the healing process. After some time the inflammation should subside and parasympathetic nervous system activity (relaxation response) will afford the opportunity to clear the inflammation and return to normal function.

Chronic Inflammation has very few symptoms:

“The destructive power of Chronic Inflammation is unprecedented among physiological processes, it’s silent nature belies it’s destructive power.” – Baurley K et. Al Epub 2011

Of the ten leading causes of mortality chronic-low level inflammation contributes to pathogenesis of at least 7.

                -Heart Disease  -Alzheimers  -Diabetes  -cancer  -chronic respiratory disease –Nephritis –stroke

The nature of chronic inflammation involves our Mitochondria, the part of our cells which produce energy. Our viability, vitality and youthfulness comes largely from our Mitochrondria. In the case of Chronic Inflammation our Mitochondria are damaged by free radicals (produced from our body such as reactive oxygen species-the stress from breathing- but environment as well… ex. Cigarette smoke or heavy metals), oxidized lipoproteins… (as would occur from excess consumption of omega 6 oils like vegetable, corn and soybean oil) or advanced glycation end products (result of elevated blood sugar) When our Mitochondria are compromised in this way components from the Mitochondria leak into the cell and set off an immune response. This can be occurring all throughout the body and will result in the death of our cells by way of our own immune system or activation of genes which are unfavorable. In the case of our guts, where inflammation is often a response to foods we eat such as Gluten, the lining of our gut can be damaged making us more vulnerable to pathogens in food or have us develop food allergies. In addition to this, the increase in fluids can cause a bulging affect, making our midsection distend.

So for today consider some of the angles we may take in reducing chronic inflammation.

                -Decrease Consumption of Processed Omega 6 Heavy Oils

                -Decrease Sugar Consumption and Processed Food Consumption

                -Get Plenty of High Quality Sleep

                -Practice Initiating the Relaxation Response

As always thanks for reading and feel free to respond with any questions or with your particular situation.

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Published by Primal Fitness Project

Hello and welcome to the Primal Fitness Project. I’m a Personal Trainer with a deep interest in the body/mind. I believe it’s coming to light there is much more overlap between body and mind; physiology and psychology. In the context of evolution, the conditions we are experiencing are quite new and surprisingly unpleasant to our genetics. Major environmental conditions like lighting, temperature, food and stress are having negative impacts on our genetic expression. Negative impacts on our very human blueprint. I’m not suggesting we run off into the woods or abandon the progress that benefits us. I am suggesting that we begin to ask questions about where our culture has lost balance with the human blueprint. In an industry oriented purely the physical and worse still, dominated by dissection mentality. Disconnecting the body instead of training it as a whole. Isolating muscle groups is being shown to have negative impacts on our Fascia, the organ of form which integrates all systems of the body. The rates of injury and degeneration are fire alarms signaling our straying from the path. This BIG! It means we are unintentionally limiting ourselves in the quality of our movement and psychology. On top of that there are the environmental challenges of diet, distraction and sleep. It’s fair to say we’ve hit a low point in health and happiness with the epidemic of diseases both mental and physical. This space represents our resurgence. We’re building a community conscious of these challenges and prepared to take action back towards balance. Our weapons are information and practice. Here you will find information from people looking to empower you to take control of the six major points in our Hexagon of Health: Mentality, Movement, Breath, Sleep, Nutrition and Community. Let us put this information into practice and become stronger together.

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