Barriers to Health and Performance
Measurable source of concern and cause of disease: Inflammation
How Inflammation manifests itself: measured by blood panel
- High Sensitive C-Reactive Protein
- High Homocysteine
- Elevated white blood cell count (monocytes)
- SED rate
- Elevated Ferritin
- Elevated HDL
- Elevated blood glucose
Common causes of Inflammation:
Ulcer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s, Celiac or IBS (direct contamination of the blood
Leaky gut from gluten sensitivity or GMO products (measured by Zonulin in blood which opens intestine/blood barrier)
Chronic digestive, allergy system irritation from food sensitivity (Homocysteine)
Systemic fungal/bacterial infection anywhere in the body (C-RP)
Inability to process B-vitamins (MTHFR genetic mutation) (Homocysteine) http://mthfr.net/
Common symptoms of chronic Inflammation
- Digestive issues, acid stomach, gas and bloating http://theglutensummit.com/team/tom-obryan/
- Sinus issues, allergic reactions, runny nose, sneezing, brain fog http://www.drkaslow.com/html/sinusitis.html
- Increased pain sensitivity to osteo-arthritis, increase in arthritis
- Swollen or puffy stomach area and inability to activate deep abdominal wall (TrA)
- Skin irritation (eczema) and acne
- Increased fatigue and delayed recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFIksRfw4i8
- Increased irritability, short fuse, decreased happiness, decreased ability to deal with stress
Consequences of prolonged, long-term Inflammation:
- Ulcer, GERD, acid reflux, esophageal ulcers http://www.houstonmethodist.org/digestive-disorders
- Allergies, sinusitis, rhinitis, frequent or prolonged flu http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-allergy/basics/symptoms/CON-20019293
- Joint/cartilage deterioration and increased arthritis http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001243.htm
- Back pain, back injury, disc injury
- Coronary artery disease, blocked arteries, heart attack, stroke http://www.sott.net/article/242516-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease
- Autoimmune Disease including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Thyroid Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22109896/
- Depression and anxiety
Simple interventions to reduce and eliminate Inflammation:
- Eliminate GMO foods from diet. The top 10 GMO foods are, in order, Corn, Soy/Tofu, Conventional Sugar, Aspartame, Papayas, Canola Oil, Cotton Oil, Dairy, Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
- Greatly reduce or eliminate foods on the sensitivity list. 90% of sensitivities come from just 8 foods Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish (bass, cod, flounder, tuna, swordfish), shellfish, soy/tofu and wheat.
- Eat sulfur rich foods including cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, kohlrabi), wild caught or grass fed/free range animal proteins (fish, poultry, red meat, nuts, eggs, legumes), and Allium vegetables (onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and chives). http://www.livestrong.com/article/289250-list-of-foods-high-in-sulfur/
- Eat high quality fats containing CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acids) and medium chain fatty acids. Sources include organic/grass fed beef, pork, lamb, goat and dairy http://www.livestrong.com/article/327153-foods-that-are-high-in-cla/ , organic nuts, organic/extra virgin/cold pressed coconut oil http://wellnessmama.com/2072/benefits-of-coconut-oil/ , and avocado http://www.livestrong.com/article/237285-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-avocados/ .
- Consume pre and probiotic foods. This includes all fermented foods (kombucha, sauerkraut/kimchee, pickles, miso, any pickled vegetables), yogurt including almond or coconut yogurt, aged cheese, beer and wine. Stabilized supplements are also available. http://wellandgood.com/2013/08/09/7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating/#7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating-9 , http://www.probiotics-lovethatbug.com/examples-of-probiotics-in-foods.html ,
- Maintain good vitamin D and B levels. Supplement when necessary.
- Sweat every day. Either passive (sauna, Jacuzzi) http://mthfr.net/benefits-sauna-sauna/2015/01/13/ or active (exercise) http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/01/10/sweating-benefits.aspx . The skin is the “third kidney” aiding in detoxing the system.