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What is inflammation:                                                                            by Albert Russell

Inflammation is one of the body’s natural defenses against infections from bacteria, viruses, and other conditions. There are certain conditions or situations in which the body can trigger inflammation and have a negative effect. One of the causes of inflammation dis-ease is believed to be caused by low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. For example, H pylori is a bacteria in the stomach that contributes to inflammation. This

bacteria is present in 50% of adults over 60 and 20% of adults under 40. Other causes of inflammation dis-ease are food allergies, stress, environmental toxicity, food sensitivities, to​o much protein, gluten​, ​sugar, diet and lifestyle, constant dehydration, inactivity, ​lack of sleep and an imbalance of bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract.

One of the most noticeable symptoms of inflammation dis-ease is swelling of body parts, such as the legs, arms, feet, and hands. ​Because of gravity, the most common body parts to swell due to inflammation are the feet. Inflammation can sometimes cause more generalized symptoms that are often associated with the flu such as headaches, fatigue, chills, a loss of energy or appetite, and muscle stiffness or joint pain. Itchiness and redness of the skin is a common symptom of inflammation. This type of symptom  can also be caused by an inefficient liver or allergies. Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, skin conditions like acn​e or​ psoriasis, acid reflux, bronchitis, high blood pressure, chronic pain, osteoporosis, candidiasis, ​and ​urinary tract infection are also some of the many symptoms from inflammation dis-ease.

How to reduce inflammation:  Restor​e​ your bod​y's​ balance with lifestyle and diet and maintain a healthy weight.  Soak up some sun in the morning or evening to get much needed vitamin D. When the sun's UV-B rays hit the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture vitamin D. If you're fair skinned, experts say going outside for​ just​ 10 minutes in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen in early morning or late afternoon​ will give you enough sun to produce about 10,000 international units of  vitamin D. ​​Researchers have discovered specific molecular and signaling events by which vitamin D inhibits inflammation. In their experiments, they showed that low levels of Vitamin D, failed to inhibit the inflammatory cascade, while levels considered adequate did inhibit inflammatory signaling. (March 1, 2012, issue of The Journal of Immunology.​)

I use colloidal silver to get rid of any bacterial, viral or fungal infections. Colloidal silver is also a great anti-inflammatory remedy. Get plenty of restful sleep and reduce your stress. Do some yoga and meditation practices to reduce stress and help you sleep. Reduce your sugar intake.  Reduce your bread​/​pasta​/​carb​ohydrate​ consumption​. Try​ to eliminate grains​ for 3 weeks then put them back in your diet and see if there is any discomfort, joint​/​muscle pain, or stomach problems. Balance your gut flora with a good probiotic. Are you getting enough magnesium? Magnesium is a very powerful anti-inflammatory mineral. I have used tart cherry capsule​s​ for years to relieve my inflamed ankles and joint pain. These are a few things that can be done to support you in ​healing an inflammatory dis-eased body. Chronic inflammation could eventually lead to chronic diseases if not dealt with. Much more can be found on the internet. Take the time to research. You are responsible for your body.

I have come to learn over the years that inflammation is the key to staying healthy. We get them all the time as our body takes care of itself. It is when they become chronic that they will manifest more serious specific disease.

Just came across this article that makes a lot of sense

As a point of information - Albert Russell  wrote the original article

Here is an interesting connection between smoking and inflation of the gut