In April 2020, scientists published a sensational study regarding the link between chronic inflammation and COVID-19. Since there is no effective treatment for COVID-19 patients yet, it focused of the study on preventive measures. Scientists have concluded that during a pandemic, it is extremely important to adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle, especially for those who are at risk.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to any infection. When an infection is detected in the body, the immune system is instantly mobilized, increasing the activity of protective cells.
As a result, with the activity of these cells, a person may have a fever, skin reddening, or even chills. An example can be both an insect bite (redness, itching) and a virus infection (chills, headaches). Inflammation is a common and natural process that allows us to recover from disease or injury.
WHAT IS CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?
If the inflammatory process lasts for a certain amount of time, the inflammation becomes chronic, or systemic. The immune system in this constant state begins to malfunction – cells can divide, multiply or behave in an uncharacteristic manner.
WHICH DISEASES ARE CONNECTED WITH CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?
Most non-contagious diseases such as:
- Type II diabetes,
- Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases,
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system,
- Autoimmune diseases,
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
These and other diseases can be linked to chronic inflammation.
By the way, scientists recently discovered that obesity can also be a trigger for inflammation.
In obese people, the level of cytokines in the blood (informational molecules, which accompany inflammatory processes) is increased. Cytokines disrupt normal cellular functions.
Scientists have conducted studies and concluded that obesity and related health problems – high blood pressure, high blood sugar and belly fat – negatively affect the health of the immune system and the disease protection processes. This is explicitly noticeable in how people respond to vaccines. A review of more than 90 surveys has shown that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 (check whether you are at risk – here) do not produce antibodies in response to vaccines for infectious diseases, such as flu, hepatitis or lockjaw, due to the malfunctioning of their immune system.
As a result, vaccines do not affect these people.
CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION.
The causes can vary – lifestyle, stress, ecology, alcohol, smoking and injury. Why is a healthy gut the most important factor in fighting chronic inflammation? Your gut, from your mouth to anus, interacts daily with particles from the outside world. Accordingly, it should be solid, dense (just like skin), and perform a barrier function. If the intestinal wall is not solid enough, or if you suffer from perforated bowel syndrome, large particles of food can pass through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream along with water. The immune system recognizes such particles as pathogenic organisms (since they should not be in the blood), and begins to attack them. This is where the inflammation begins.
HOW TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOU HAVE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?
A laboratory test (for highly sensitive C-reactive protein and other inflammatory indicators) will help detect the presence of an inflammatory process in the body.
Other inflammation symptoms can include:
- Joint pain
- Skin problems
- Redness of the eyes
- Brain Fog
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
- Disruption of thermoregulation
- Stool problems
- Abdominal pain
- Tissue swelling
- Skin redness
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE INFLAMMATORY PROCESS IN THE BODY?
The most important to remember is that we are 30% our genes and 70% our lifestyle.
A few years ago, I had inflammation – every week it revealed itself in its own way, rash on the face, arms and legs, red eyes, constant swelling, seasonal allergies, awful headaches until I felt physically sick, chronic tonsillitis, cold sores and cystitis.
This is year 2014, peak of my inflammation.
Lifestyle change is not as hard as you may think. In my opinion, this does not mean severely limiting yourself in something or exhausting yourself with physical exercise.
To lead a healthy lifestyle – is to love and respect yourself,
and to take care of your body and spirit daily.
They say life consists of little things. You will be surprised when, having changed a few “little things”, you will bring your life to a qualitatively new level.