Since it has been determined that most chronic illnesses are the result of inflammation, it behooves everyone to seek anti-inflammatory foods. Those illnesses include diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and more. Of course, all of the inflammatory foods are readily available and are advertised constantly to entice everyone to use them.
Don’t be duped by coercive advertising and get caught in the vicious addiction of these foods. Inflammatory foods seem to get our attention and once used are difficult to stop. We like them and they are considered to be our “warm fuzzy” foods. They are cheap, fast and available.
Understand that most food nutrients pass through a very sophisticated process in the stomach and intestines to be broken down to very small nutrient components for absorption in the intestinal walls. Once nutrients reach the blood stream from the intestinal wall, they are carried by red blood cells in to various parts of the body as needed. The inflammatory food particles go through this same process. Over time, inflammatory foods irritate the walls of arteries, veins, vessels, and capillaries. As the circulatory system builds in this irritation, there are responses in the body to try to offset the irritation. Cholesterol (as a healing agent to the body) increases trying to heal the inflamed vessels ultimately causing plaque (arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis). Diabetes potentially can occur because of the inability to process an over-abundance of refined carbohydrates causing inflammation. These enzyme dead foods even reduce pancreatic activity because of its secretions being over-worked and depleted. With the vessels of the body inflamed and closing down or vaso-constricting, high blood pressure potentially occurs.
An experienced cardiologist made the analogy of a soft brush being used on the skin over and over. In the beginning it feels good and seems to not cause any harm. But the soft brushing eventually starts to irritate the skin since it is constant. Our food nutrients are constantly passing through our arteries. Inflammatory foods eventually start to irritate the vessel walls. With some people, it happens early in life and others much later. It often depends on a person’s genetics as to when it will happen. It also depends on a person’s consumption of antioxidant elements to assist in the integrity of artery walls. Dr Linus Pauling received two Nobel Prizes in medicine for his studies with Vitamin C many years ago. It was determined by him and his researchers that Vitamin C as an antioxidant protected vessel walls from damage and inflammation. Today we know of newly found antioxidants that go many times higher in their efficacy and anti-oxidative properties than Vitamin C. Of course, there are environmental pollutants and other toxins in our respective environments that can cause inflammation as well. To off-set these types of damages, a person needs to seek antioxidants on a regular basis and consume anti-inflammatory foods.