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Vitamin D is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

Vitamin D is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
Monday, April 23, 2012 By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Several new studies demonstrate the power of vitamin D to reduce inflammation and pain, operating at the DNA level to regulate genes to reduce inflammation. We have known for some time that vitamin D is needed for optimal immune performance, whether combating pain or fighting the flu. One new study evaluated the vitamin D status and pain levels in 2,070 adults over age 65. Another new study documents, for the first time, precise mechanisms by which vitamin D lowers inflammation. This places vitamin D on par with DHA as potent regulators of inflammation at the most fundamental levels of human health. People battling ongoing pain should boost their vitamin D intake and see if it helps. Related:  Inflammation & Autoimmune

Habits That Hurt Your Immune System 8. Junk the Junk Food Combined with sedentary lives, a poor diet is estimated to kill between 310,000 and 580,000 Americans each year. So, how bad is junk food for your immune system? Experts have known for some time that when a person is malnourished, her immune system is weakened. One thing that a lot of junk food has in common is excess fat. Another bad component of junk food is excess sugar. 9. The cost of antibiotic resistance is high, both literally and from a health perspective. From a health perspective, the cost of antibiotic resistance is an increase in the seriousness of disease. The cost of misuse of antibiotics can be a weakened immune system. Here are steps to take to use antibiotics properly: Take antibiotics only for bacterial infections.Take antibiotics the right way. 10. Researchers have found that the positive emotions associated with laughter decrease stress hormones and increase certain immune cells while activating others. Published December 2011, Prevention

Herbs For Fibromyalgia Please Share This Page: Top 10 Herbs For Fibromyalgia image to repin / share The left image shows the "the location of the nine paired tender points that comprise the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia." (source - wikipedia)Herbs background pic © Jag_cz - The challenge with fibromyalgia is that it is not only characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain but is also a syndrome that is accompanied by fatigue, sleeplessness, joint stiffness and even psychological conditions like depression and anxiety. [1] While the exact origin of this central nervous system disorder remains unknown, many clinical treatments involve therapeutic and pharmacologic interventions. 10 Herbs for Fibromyalgia Chamomile Valerian Like chamomile, valerian is also an herbal relaxant. St. While no specific study has claimed St. Ginko Biloba Cayenne Red Clover When made into tea, red clover, together with dandelion and burdock root, aids in cleansing the bloodstream.

How Friendly Flora Reduce Inflammation Sunday, May 13, 2012 By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist The importance of the healthy balance of foreign inhabitants within your digestive tract to your general health and well-being cannot be understated. New research shows that a type of friendly flora known as lactobacillus produces an enzyme called lactocepin, which can quickly degrade inflammatory messages within your digestive tract. While the goal of this research was to help individuals improve various inflammatory conditions of the bowels, such as irritable bowel syndrome, the research finding has wide application value to everyone. In fact, an imbalance of friendly flora can have a profoundly negative effect on your metabolism and actually be a primary cause for weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Antibiotics, high sugar diets, low fiber diets, and too much alcohol are the most common causes initiating digestive imbalance of friendly flora that produce lactocepin.

Oxygenate your cells to avoid disease-causing inflammation - here's how (NaturalNews) In order for your body to produce the energy that you need to live, your cells must continually take in oxygen, a process that is largely dependent upon proper nutrient intake. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to poor oxygenation, which in turn can cause cell death, inflammation and other health problems. It is thus important to eat the right things for optimal cellular respiration, nourishing your circulatory system as well as the rest of your body so you can maintain a healthy and long life. 1) Iron. Symptoms of anemia include chronic headaches, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness and frequent infections. 2) Copper. Too much iron in the diet can deplete copper or even replace it, leading to accelerated aging and tissue destruction. 3) Vitamin C. 4) Calcium. 5) Organic sulfur. 6) Anti-inflammatory oxygen therapy. "The higher oxygen level in the lungs creates a greater head of pressure to drive oxygen into the pulmonary capillaries.," explains Dr.

12 Super Foods that Combat Inflammation - NaturalON Like it or not, your mother was right, you are what you eat. This is especially true when we are talking about inflammation. Many people suffer from chronic inflammation due to lifestyle and poor food choices. Those who exercise to excess in order to make up for their poor diet can find they, too, are in a constant state of inflammation. The good news here is that there are foods you can eat that can both prevent and fight off inflammation. 1. You’ve probably heard all about the heart healthy benefits of olive oil, but have you heard that it’s rich in Omega-9 fatty acids? Pitch your vegetable oil for more health friendly oils like olive, avocado, or grape seed oil. 2. Blueberries are such an incredible super food, it’s no wonder they are included here. These little blue jewels are both anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Put them in everything, cereal, salads, smoothies, and yogurt. 3. No, not ginger snaps, but the spice itself. Read more about anti-oxidant rich food. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Hemp seeds are a natural anti-inflammatory powerhouse (NaturalHealth365) Many foods are touted as “super foods,” but hemp seeds have the credentials to back up that claim. In fact, no other plant-based food has such a perfect ratio of all the essential amino (and fatty) acids in such an easily digestible form for human consumption as the hemp seed. Their notoriety as a super food comes primarily from the significant amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) they contain. When most people think of inflammation, they typically think of physical injury that causes localized swelling, perhaps to an ankle or knee. Other examples include minor cuts and abrasions, sunburn, fractures and viral or bacterial infection. Chronic inflammation occurs when your body’s ability to halt the inflammatory response is weakened. What can be done to reduce inflammation – naturally? Hemp seed benefits come from their significant amounts of omega-6 fatty acid GLA, known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

4 steps to curing Hashimoto’s disease (NaturalHealth365) Common symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease plus nearly 100 other autoimmune conditions include fatigue, low-grade fever, inability to stay mentally focused, and (usually) an ‘unexplainable’ feeling of chronic sickness or pain. Sadly, conventional medicine would have you believe there is ‘no cure’. But, in reality, you CAN prevent, treat and reverse autoimmune disease naturally. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman talks to Susan Blum, M.D., MPH about her ‘immune system recovery plan’ and how to naturally eliminate the health problems associated with autoimmune disease. Simply sign up now for access to our free, weekly show by entering your email address and you’ll receive show times plus FREE gifts! Most people suffering with Hashimoto’s, Addison’s or Graves’ disease find little comfort in Western medicine because most conventionally-trained physician have no idea how to help patients improve immune function. Do NOT accept poor health as a ‘way of life’.

H. Pylori and Autoimmune Link Monday, March 09, 2015 By: Linda J. Dobberstein, Chiropractor, Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition Gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, acid reflux, and ulcers, etc. are reflective of problems in the digestive tract. There are many reasons for these uncomfortable and sometime disabling symptoms. Persistent digestive disorders have been on the increase over the past few decades. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial overgrowth is one of these difficult to treat gut problems. Having H. pylori overgrowth is like having a secret stealth enemy cloaked behind a firewall in the digestive mucosal lining. How H. pylori has such a far reaching impact is under intense study. Sjogren’s Syndrome With incredible stealth-like survival mechanisms, H. pylori has been shown to be involved with a number of seemingly unrelated disorders. ITP or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (aka Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) is the autoimmune destruction of blood platelets. Raynaud’s Phenomenon

15 of the Best Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices on the Planet - NaturalON Although inflammation is not easy to deal with, it is actually your body’s autoimmune response to things it finds threatening or dangerous. Inflammation frequently occurs when we are exposed to things such as allergens, chemicals, toxins, and other types of microorganisms. Since we typically encounter things like this on a daily basis, is it any wonder that most people experience some inflammation somewhere in the body from time to time? If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic inflammation, it’s best to get it under control. Up until now you might have only thought of herbs and spices as a means of bringing out the flavor of food but they are so much more than that! 1. This super common and much loved spice has been used for centuries now, both for flavor and for its therapeutic properties. 2. A close relative of ginger, this spice has a long history of use in both Ayurveda medicine as well as Indian cuisine. 3. Continue to Page 2 Photo credit: 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Leaky Gut Syndrome Altered Immunity & The Leaky Gut Syndrome by Dr Zoltan P Rona MD, MSc The leaky gut syndrome is a name given to a very common health disorder in which the basic organic defect (lesion) is an intestinal lining which is more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow the entry of toxic material into the blood stream that would, in healthier circumstances, be repelled and eliminated. The gut becomes leaky in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites and their toxins, undigested protein, fat and waste normally not absorbed into the bloodstream in the healthy state, pass through a damaged, hyperpermeable, porous or "leaky" gut.. This can be verified by special gut permeability urine tests, microscopic examination of the lining of the intestinal wall as well as the bloodstream with phase contrast or darkfield microscopy of living whole blood. Why is leaky gut syndrome important? The Causes The Leaky Gut and IBS References: Candida