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In this episode of The C60 Show, Ken and Sierra give an overview of the ways in which inflammation affects the body, how to recognize it, and the types of lifestyle changes that can make a positive impact.
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Inflammation is quite the buzzword these days. Most people who take even the slightest interest in health and wellness will have some idea of the role inflammation plays in the body, often with deleterious effects. While not all inflammation is unwanted, persistent states of it can be harmful to the body. Read on to learn about the different types of inflammation, what causes it, how to manage it, and the role C60 Purple Power plays in healthy inflammatory response.
The Two Sides of Inflammation
The more obvious, and, in fact, helpful form of inflammation occurs in the wake of an acute injury. There may be redness, swelling and heat around the sight of a bruise, cut or more serious injury. This is due to blood and immune response cells rushing to the area in order to deliver the necessary tools to help the body heal at the site of the wound. This type of inflammation dissipates as the body heals itself and plays a vital role in the healing process.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, does not occupy an innate role in physical healing, but is a result of irritation within the body. This type of inflammation can manifest in a startling number of ways, from digestive upset to lethargy, chronic pain and more. What’s more, “Chronic inflammation diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world today, with more than 50% of all deaths being attributable to inflammation-related diseases,” states Ken Swartz, scientist and co-host of The C60 Show.
Although not all inflammatory conditions are life threatening, they can wreak havoc on the body. Many of the chronic conditions prevalent in society today are either caused or aggravated by inflammation, including autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, IBS, hypertension and depression, to name a few. However, chronic inflammation also manifests in more subtle ways.
Give Me a Sign
We’ve been taught to write off many so-called “minor” conditions as just that – minor. However, a lot of symptoms that fall into this category can often be a signal from the body that inflammation is occurring in an unhealthy way and needs to be addressed. While some of these conditions might be more obvious in their correlation to inflammation, such as back or joint pain, others are less so.
Skin conditions, such as rashes, eczema and psoriasis are all a direct result of inflammation, often triggered by a very sensitive immune system, frequently related to food allergies. Digestive issues, ranging from bloating to constipation, diarrhea and leaky gut are also the result of inflammation in the GI tract. Excessive mucous production, puffiness in the face or swelling of sinuses, lack of energy and even depression can be aggravated by inflammatory states. There are many ways the body signals inflammation, and if the issue is not resolved, it can often grow worse with time.
As we learn the different ways inflammation manifests within the body, it becomes easier to notice the signs. But what is the underlying cause? How does chronic inflammation begin in the first place?
Allergies and food sensitivities are some of the most common causes, many of which go unnoticed by people because their symptoms may be relatively mild. Allergies cause the immune system to become confused, activated (i.e. trigger an inflammatory response), and go after things that might not be an actual threat to the body. For instance, if you notice your sinuses closing after eating dairy products, it may be beneficial to switch to an alternative.
Other causes of persistent inflammation, that may require a visit to the doctor to assess, are rooted in the body’s need to fend off an underlying virus or bacterial infection. A person may not realize for quite some time that they have something like Lyme disease (bacterial), or the Epstein Barr virus, but the body tries its best to defend itself over time. During allergies and illness, the body produces a greater rate of free radicals, which cause more damage to cells, requiring more energy from the body to heal and greater levels of inflammation.
One of the best places to start making changes for a healthier body, and therefore managing the undesirable type of inflammation, is by addressing diet and lifestyle. Avoiding, or at least minimizing, the intake of white sugar and flour, alcohol, coffee, and fats high in Omega-6’s reduces the oxidative burden on the body. Some people may also find that skipping dairy, gluten, nightshades, or any other food they are sensitive to, can make a big impact on overall health.
Certain foods are particularly anti-inflammatory. These tend to be nutrient dense, high in fiber and encourage the production of an alkaline, rather than acidic, environment. Fish and plants high in Omega-3’s (needed to balance our culture’s overconsumption of Omega-6’s), raw, fermented foods, turmeric, ginger, olive and avocado oils all contain naturally anti-inflammatory components that help bring the body into balance. They can only do so much, of course, if inflammation is not addressed at the source. However, paired with a conscientious diet, an intention to reduce stress and incorporate healthy movement, these types of foods can be very beneficial to overall health.
C60 Purple Power – Antioxidant Powerhouse
C60, superior antioxidant that it is, binds with reactive oxidative species (ROS), aka free radicals, at a rate far greater than any other antioxidant yet discovered.1 Free radicals activate mast cells, responsible for releasing histamines, cytokines, and a host of other players integral to the inflammatory response.2 As a “free radical sponge,” C60 neutralizes ROS output, thereby managing inflammation and the symptoms associated with it.
A great deal of evidence demonstrates C60’s ability to support healthy inflammatory response, from its capacity to scavenge free radicals to its support of mitochondrial function. With increased energy and greater efficiency, the body is better able to manage illness and inflammation. To gain a deeper understanding of the ways C60 Purple Power complements an anti-inflammatory regimen, watch The C60 Show on YouTube, or listen on Apple Podcasts.
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