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    Chronic Inflammation - what are the signs?

    What is inflammation? Inflammation is the natural way that your body reacts to an injury or an infection. So, it is part of being human and it helps us manage life. It’s important to remember though that we need a healthy balance of inflammatory as well as anti-inflammatory responses going on in our bodies. The important concept to keep in mind is balance. And this is where the problem lies because there any many aspects of our food, environment and lives that tend to put us all at risk for inflammatory states.

    Let’s walk through this process. There’s external inflammation which occurs on the outside of your body and it’s pretty easy to see. You get a cut, it bleeds, it hurts, it gets red, and then it heals. Bravo! Inflammation working in our favor. But there’s also internal inflammation which occurs in the tissues of your body right down to your organs. And this is the inflammation that I want to bring to your attention. Just because you can’t see this type of inflammation doesn’t mean it’s not there - because it could be lurking in your body. If you are one of the many affected, it robs you of your health. The good news is - it is manageable and may even be reversible. You can restore your own health! Like anything else, the sooner you catch the issue of inflammation, the better off you are. Any day is a good day to make a positive change. So remember, it’s never too late!

    I want to share with you some of the warning signs
    1. Fatigue - now I’m not talking you got a bad night’s sleep and you feel off for one day. This is a down and out feeling of complete exhaustion that you feel day after day. You may even notice that around a certain time of day, every day you are down for the count. Your tiredness may occur after eating a meal or a snack. It’s important to keep track of this.
    2. Pain - this is the type of pain that you cannot attribute to an accident or any recent trauma. You may feel joint pain or abdominal pain or even chest pain. This pain can affect how you function. You may not be able to do the exercises that were part of your normal workout routine. Or cleaning around the house is becoming much more difficult because your hand grip is affected.
    3. Feeling of heat - you notice that you are feeling hot and this can be a constant state for you or it could be at certain times of the day. It may only occur or get worse when you eat certain meals. Some parts of your skin feel warm to the touch or you even notice redness in certain areas. Mouth sores may even occur.
    4. Swelling - you may notice swelling in your hands upon waking in the morning. This may be referred to as edema which can be linked to skin inflammation causing increased vascular permeability and vasodilation.
    5. Poor circulation in your extremities - you may notice that your hands or feet get very cold. They may even have numbness or tingling. You fingers, toes, or tips of your fingers may even turn a shade of blue or white. This may be very painful as well.

    Is everyone susceptible to inflammation? Living in this day and age, we can all fall victim to an inflammatory condition. I say this for a number of reasons. One major player is consuming food that lacks nutrition or is just not good for us. Anything processed is pretty much just garbage, so why are we ingesting these items? I wonder about this. If it comes in a package and you cannot pronounce its ingredients, then it is not for human consumption. Other reasons for increased inflammatory states is the exposure to toxins in our environment doing daily activities such as driving in the car, the air we breathe, EMFs ( electromagnetic fields), hair dye, nail polish, work hazards, etc. The heavy metals slowly overtime build up in our systems and contribute to inflammation. Some conditions that are inflammatory include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac, sjogren’s, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis just to name a few. It also includes allergies, asthma, IBD, and hepatitis.

    So I am sure you’re asking yourself, ‘How do I know my inflammation is in check?’ Inflammation is one of those issues that creep up slowly and in a strange way. And it can vary from one individual to the next. Inflammation is a wonderful way of warning us that there is something that we are doing in our lives that is causing a hyper-inflammatory state. The trick is being in tune with our bodies. The reality is if you have any one of those signs listed above, you may be suffering from anything. Chronic inflammation is in fact the root cause of most diseases nowadays. By tackling the inflammation, you can ward off a disease that may be lurking in your body just waiting to cause havoc. It is important to go to a doctor you trust and get some testing done.

    Chronic inflammation is a state of health that needs our attention right now. There are things you can do everyday to help ward off an inflammatory state. Eating healthy, exercising, meditating, laughing, mild detoxing daily, and taking time to smell the roses are some ways to fight the battle against inflammation that doesn’t serve you. Remember it is important to seek treatment from a health practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor ( ND) that is properly trained in the management of chronic illness. Find an ND in your area and make an appointment today to reach your optimal state of wellness!

     


    November 2010 Health Letter - Issue 20

    In this issue:
    - Pregnancy and Peanut Allergy
    - Calcium Supplementation and Heart Risk
    - a Bongiorno Production
    - patient spotlight: ulcerative colitis
    - holiday party: december 11th

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    Ultimate Ulcer - Natural remedies can help ease the agony of ulcerative colitis
    Dr. Bongiorno interviewed for Energy Times article.

    It all happened so quickly. Four years ago, a 32-year-old New Yorker we’ll call “Sandra” was suddenly overcome with fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. At first she thought she had caught an intestinal bug, but after a couple of days she got worse instead of better. “The symptoms were severe,” she says. “I went to a couple of doctors and they didn’t really know what it was. Then I went to a gastroenterologist and had a colonoscopy and they determined that I had ulcerative colitis.” Affecting 50 out of every 100,000 Americans, ulcerative colitis UC mimics the symptoms of food poisoning or flu the first sign that the illness is more serious is when patients find blood in their stool. At that point, tests are needed to rule out bacterial infections or cancer.

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