What You Don't Know About
Silent Inflammation In The Human Body
Can Harm You
The first question you must be asking is, "What the heck is silent inflammation in the human body, anyways?"
The answer is simple.
Barry Sears Ph.D. says it best in his groundbreaking book, The Anti-Inflammation Zone, "Silent inflammation is simply inflammation that falls below the threshold of perceived pain."
Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain.
Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.
When your body is being damaged cell by cell and you don't even know it, that is, to say the least, not a good thing!
It's one thing when you have a chance to fight back against something that seeks to destroy your body. But when you don't even know the enemy is within you, how can you fight back?
This is precisely the danger of silent inflammation in the human body.
The good news is that you can reduce the level of silent inflammation in your body.
Reducing this level is the absolute key to determining whether your body is healthy and vital or whether it is heading towards chronic illness and pain.
The level of silent inflammation in the human body is so important that Dr. Sears actually defines wellness as "the absence of silent inflammation."
The scientific link between silent inflammation in the human body and life-threatening chronic disease (such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autoimmune disorders, cancer and the like) is remarkably strong.
So, is all inflammation bad?
As you may have guessed, not necessarily. But read on to learn more.
The Good Side And The Dark Side Of Inflammation
Ironically, though "silent inflammation" is a damaging force, "acute inflammation" in your body is actually a life saving process.
When inflammation occurs in response to an infection or an injury, we call that "acute inflammation" or what Dr. Sears calls "screaming inflammation."
Unlike silent inflammation that is painless, you feel the pain of "screaming inflammation."
However, this kind of acute ("screaming") inflammation in necessary because your body could not defend itself against foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and the like without using inflammation to kill off these destructive microbes.
Likewise, your body uses acute inflammation to help repair damaged tissues, so that new tissues can be built and cells revitalized.
However, when inflammation runs rampant and fails to turn itself off, even after cells have been repaired or invading microbes destroyed, then it becomes chronic and silent, taking on a disturbing dark side.
Silent inflammation can damage your arteries, destroy your nerve cells, depress your immune system and promote cancer.
Do you really want to let silent inflammation do that to you?
It's critical for you to remember that high levels of silent inflammation in your body means that you are no longer well and you are on your way to illness and/or chronic disease.
The wonderful news is that you can do something to change your future course.
Armed with a little knowledge and discipline, you can reverse silent inflammation in your body and achieve a level of wellness, health and vitality that you may have never experienced before.
Remember that since silent inflammation is at the heart of all aging, reversing silent inflammation is at the very core of any successful anti-aging program.
Before we look at how you can reduce silent inflammation, let's look at why you want to reduce silent inflammation.
Why You Want To Reduce Silent Inflammation
Here's the short list. Do you want to?:
- Think more clearly
- Feel better
- Look younger, healthier and more vibrant
- Perform better
- Prevent heart disease and stroke
- Lower your risk for cancer
- Reduce your risk (or reverse) Type II diabetes
- Help prevent neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, depression, ADD and Parkinson's
- Reduce or improve autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis.
- Help reduce the "screaming pain" of fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis and chronic pain syndromes.
That's a lot of benefit just by focusing on the reduction of silent inflammation in your body.
How Can You Reverse Silent Inflammation?
There are basically four key ways to reverse silent inflammation in the body. They are (in order of importance):
- Treat food as a powerful drug. You will learn that silent inflammation is controlled by hormones called "eicosanoids" in the body.
What controls the eicosanoids?
You guessed it. Eating the right kinds of food in the right amounts. In particular, the protein/carbohydrate ratio must be 0.5 to 1.0 in order to keep insulin levels from rising too high, which is the number one cause of increased inflammation in the body.
For detailed information on choosing the right kinds of foods to control silent inflammation, click here.
- High dose, ultra-refined fish oil. The better you follow the diet, the less you need to rely on fish oil. The less you follow the diet, the more you need to rely on fish oil to bring down the level of silent inflammation in your body.
For more info on choosing the right type and dosage of fish oil, click here.
- Appropriate exercise. Among the numerous other benefits of exercise, it helps to improve your body's sensitivity to insulin. This keeps the levels of insulin low.
Keeping your body's insulin levels low is the single most important thing you can do to keep silent inflammation low and promote healthy and successful aging.
- Stress reduction. You cannot be well physically (no matter what your level of silent inflammation) if you are in a state of emotional, psychological or spiritual distress.
Why You Want To Measure Silent Inflammation.
You now know that the link between silent inflammation in the human body and chronic, degenerative diseases (like heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, autoimmune disorders, etc.)is scientifically incontrovertible.
So, let me ask you a question.
What if you could accurately measure the level of silent inflammation in your body with a simple blood test? Would that interest you?
Would it be useful to be able to detect the level of silent inflammation in your body and do something to stop it before it causes irreversible damage to your body?
The good news is, "you can."
For more detailed information on how to measure the level of silent inflammation in your body, please click here.
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