Inflammation – An Essential Life Process

INFLAMMATION: The essential life process that may be killing you!

Swelling, pain, heat, fever, redness, does this sound like a “good” thing to you?

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Ron Jahner Naturopathic CoachMost of us feel alarmed and are worried when we see these symptoms in ourselves or our loved ones.

And yet, these are all signs and symptoms of a healthy immune system response to trauma or infection!

Inflammation is actually the key process our body uses in fighting against infection, reversing tissue damage and preparing the way for healing a repair.

Inflammation is an absolutely vital, important life function of a health immune system.

Why is Inflammation Bad For You?

Well, it’s also true that inflammation is a key predisposing factor in almost all chronic diseases which disease, cancer, diabetes and long-term infections, chronic digestive tract disorders and auto-immune disorders.

Out of control inflammation is the killer!

The key is understanding how inflammation serves you and what occurs when it becomes a problem.

Let’s use the example of an urban renewal project. You have a number of old, run-down, damaged buildings and your job is to create a beautiful new complex on the site.

What has to happen first?

Well, of course, someone is going to have to tear down the old buildings to make way for the new. This is really the beginning of a 4 step process.

  1. First, blow up or demolish the old buildings.
  2. Secondly, clear up the debris by loading it up and hauling it away.
  3. Thirdly, assemble quality building materials using a skilled crew, and,
  4. Finally, assemble the brand new construction.

In general, inflammation is the key mechanism in your body’s immune system corresponding to the first step in the “tissue-renewal” process.

Inflammation is the essential process that targets infectious agents and damaged tissue for “demolition”. It does this in many ways with a complex biological cascade of molecular and cellular signals and substances that ultimately destroy damaged cells, kill viral and bacterial pathogens all while it also increases circulation!

This sets up steps #2 & #3 of our “tissue-renewal” project. It  transports debris out of the affected area and allow vital nutrients and healing factors back in.

The end result of all these complex processes is that the affected area is ultimately prepared for tissue regeneration and healing.

However, what would happen in our urban renewal project if all we ever did was just keep blowing things up?

  • What if we never hauled out the debris or just erected high screens around the area so no one could see the mess?
  • What if we just cover the whole area with dirt and some sod and pretend theirs no damage underneath?
  • What if we just build really cheap structures on top of this mess that fall apart as fast as we build them?

Is this going to work out well? ….. Of course not!

And, essentially, this is what happens when inflammation is not handled properly in the body and gets out of control.

Unfortunately, current medical thinking is that inflammation is the problem, not part of the natural immune response solution, so let’s just “turn it off” with steroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs!

This is sort of like stopping the demolition crews in the middle of the job and then still expecting quality buildings to show up as if by magic! It’s just not going to work.

When inflammation is arbitrarily blocked before it’s job is done, the underlying issues remain and continue unchecked to produce a bigger problem later on.

Look at heart disease as an example. Arterial tissue becomes damaged due to improper diet, emotional distress, lack of sleep, lack of proper exercise, etc.

Inflammation targets this damaged tissue to clean it up and prepare for healing.

Just “turning off” the inflammation doesn’t change the underlying condition anymore than giving an athlete a steroid injection in a damaged knee so they can keep playing fixes the underlying injury. In fact it opens it up to further harm.

When the damage continues in the circulatory system, the body sends cholesterol to the damaged area as a sort of “band-aid” to cover over the lesion and prevent further damage.

Again, just shutting down cholesterol doesn’t help the underlying condition and may make it much worse!!

So, what is the solution to chronic Inflammation?

In our urban renewal program, what would you do if the demolition team was not up to the amount of work needed to demolish the old structures?

What if the roads in and out of the work site were congested or there weren’t enough dump trucks to haul the debris?

This is the kind of thinking that a holistic approach to healing uses to deal with inflammation!

So, instead of shutting down inflammation, how do we help it do it’s job so it can stop naturally?

Here are the strategies I have used in some 30 years of work as a naturopathic health consultant:

  1. HYDRATE!! – Fluids, fluids, fluids. Drink at least 1 liter of water per 50 pounds of body weight daily to enhance the circulatory function inflammation requires to do its job.
  2. REST! – Inflammation is a healing-immune function. It requires the parasympathetic (resting) nervous system state to do it’s job. Most people never get the amount of quality sleep and rest the body requires to be healthy, especially when it is damaged or ill.
  3. NO SUGAR! – Eliminate refined carbohydrates that create havoc in the body’s digestive tract and metabolic function. Quality proteins and vegetables, especially vegetable juices, to provide easily – to – absorb nutrition to support immune functions.
  4. ENZYMES! – This is the first line of defense to help inflammation do its job. After you hydrate, rest and eliminate sugars, taking supplemental enzymes can have a miraculous effect on clearing inflammation and supporting healting.However, it requires a particular form of enzymes called “proteolytics”. These are concentrated protein digesting enzymes without the hydrochloric acid or bile salts or fiber in many digestive enzyme products.And you take them on an empty stomach, even hourly, and not just with food as you would digestive enzyme products.
  5. B-12 – Vitamin B-12 has enormous potential to help with inflammation and stress. It can be take frequently in a crisis to help speed up healing and tissue repair.
  6. BOSWELLIA – TURMERIC – GINGER. – These three herbal products have been used for generations to help reduce inflammation naturally while supporting the body’s healing processes.Taken as tea or in capsules they are often prescribed in Ayuvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine.
  7. Flavonoids are key nutritional pigments (red, yellow, orange, blue) found in natural foods, often with Vitamin C ascorbate complexes, which have been used extensively for enhancing immune response and reducing inflammation naturally.Flavonoids are very high in anti-oxidant activity and help neutralize free radical damage in tissues.
  8. EFA’s Essential Fatty Acids, oils that are necessary for health healing and regulating inflammation. These include Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils such as high-quality fish oil, virgin olive oil, Evening Primrose oil, sesame oil, etc.
  9. ATTITUDE! This may be the most important factor of all because it often enhances and makes everything above work effectively.Neutralizing the body’s stress overload with breathing techniques and emotional releasing processes can dramatically reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Yes, inflammation can be a curse, or it can be a wonderful blessing.

Which it is for you is often in your control.

Nurture the immune system’s inflammatory mechanisms well and it will protect and heal you.

Ignore it at your peril.

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Ron Jahner is a Naturopathic Healer, Coach, Trainer & Educator with 30+ years of experience in natural healthcare. Find him on Facebook,

5 Symptoms that You Need Digestive Enzymes

Digesting our food is something we all take for granted. The truth is that digestion is a key factor in maintaining good health.

One of the many reasons that people develop digestive symptoms and possibly serious illness is that our digestion is out of balance.

What does that have to do with Digestive Enzymes?

Our digestive enzymes are the work horses that help us break down our food.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive enzymes start to deplete.

Did you Know?

  • After the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less enzymes.
  • By the age of 70 we may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that we need.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are typically secreted by our pancreas to break down the nutrients in our food.

Enzymes are also found in the foods we eat.

Unfortunately, its not as easy as it sounds.

Why?

When foods are processed and cooked they are stripped of their naturally occurring enzymes.

Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate and produce enough enzymes that are needed.

This results in a number of symptoms.

Here are 5 symptoms that are often associated with not having enough Digestive Enzymes:

  • Gas and bloating after meals
  • The sensation that we feel full after eating a few bites of food
  • Undigested food in our stool
  • Stool changes, like floating stools or fat floats
  • Digestive Disorders like IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance

Here’s where enzymes comes into play. If our body is not digesting properly and assimilating all the nutrients we take in, we simply don’t receive all the necessary benefits we could be.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is not always easy and maybe not the most economical.

However, we make this a priority because it’s important to nourish ourselves with all the vitamins and nutrients that a balanced, possibly plant based diet offers.

We can help our body process food, reduce our discomfort and allow us to reap all the nutritional benefits from our diet.

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fertilizer for our gut bacteria
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with processed foods and foods which may cause inflammation

A 2016 study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that enzyme replacement for those suffering with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s is a possible therapeutic option.

Both enzyme therapy and probiotics offer an advantage to the management of such disorders.

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesWe offer many different enzymes but the one that stands out to be different from the others is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme formula.

Why is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme Different?

It contains ox bile.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the bile from oxen.

Ox bile is chemically similar to our own bile, and our bodies have no trouble using it alongside our own bile for the exact same purpose.

What are the benefits of ox bile?

Bile is what your body produces to help you digest the fats you eat. Ordinarily, your liver excretes the bile, then stores it in your gallbladder to use later. The bile helps breakdown the fats you consume allowing your body to absorb fat soluble nutrients.

If you’re deficient in bile, you may not be properly digesting fats which can lead to feeling constipated.

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Digestive Enzymes are Important

Most people will benefit from supplementing their diet with digestive enzymes. Some of the immediate benefits you’ll notice are regular bowel movements, decreased gas, speedier emptying of the stomach, feeling less full after meals.

Enzymes are found naturally in raw fruits and vegetables. Once they are cooked or processed the enzymes are lost.

How Can You Get More Digestive Enzymes?

  •  Eat raw food
  •  Supplement with digestive enzymes before each meal
  •  Supplement with proteolytic digestive enzymes on an empty stomach

6 More Reasons to Supplement with Digestive Enzymes

  • Increase the amount of nutrients your body can utilize
  • Help break down your food to be utilized by your good gut bacteria.
  • Give your overworked, weary digestive processes a vacation so it can rest and rebuild
  • Strengthens weakened digestion caused by a less than perfect diet, eating processed foods and stress of a modern lifestyle.
  • Combat the decline of our enzymes which occurs naturally in aging. Our digestive enzymes drop to about 50% starting as early as age 30.
  • Helps the immune system control pathogens and parasites by reducing bacteria and improving circulation
  • Back in 2004, research from the National Enzyme Company showed that taking supplements of enzymes improves digestion.

Here’s what’s really strange:

The study found that availability of glucose increased 400% in the healthy digestive system mode, and 700% in a model for impaired digestion.

Interesting, eh?

The findings provided scientific confirmation for what we only previously suspected from patients telling us:

You Are What You Eat?

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Why are the amount of enzymes depleting in our body?

Is it due to the food we eat?

The answer is not black and white however, in large part it’s due to our lifestyle.

Factors that Affect our Digestive Enzymes

We are under stress in our daily lives. Our cells undergo biochemical changes which causes disturbance in the cells and damage them. Due to this excessive load on cells the production of enzymes is decreased and a lesser amount is available to break down food.

Age affects our enzyme production. Our body has a rich supply of enzymes when we are young. As we age, the levels decrease. This is part of the reason we can tolerate much spicier food as we are younger, have vitality and shorter recovery time.

What we eat and drink can change the amount of enzymes we have. Processed foods have excessive fat and sugar which requires larger amount of enzymes to breakdown. Cooked foods also loose their natural enzymes.

Why Should We Supplement Enzymes?

When you start to notice changes in your digestion it may be time to introduce digestive enzymes into your daily routine. By introducing them you can stop or at least slow down the inevitable downward trend in the levels of enzymes in your body.

What are the types of Enzymes We Need?

There are three main groups of nutrients that must be broken down and assimilated. These are proteins, fats and carbohydrates amount It’s the breakdown of these products which provide us with energy. The enzymes that are required to break them down are, Amylase for carbohydrates, Lipase for fats (lipids) and Protease for proteins.

Who Needs Enzymes?

Anyone that experiences gas, bloating, irregular bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea. If you have these symptoms try incorporating a digestive enzyme at each meal.

Quite possibly the saying “you are what you eat” really means you are what you absorb.

 

BROAD SPECTRUM ENZYMES

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Broad Spectrum Enzymes

Broad spectrum enzymes help to break down food particles from multiple sources such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber so that the body can better digest and absorb nutrients. When the GI tract is not functioning properly the body cannot make enough enzymes to do this important job. The same is true as we age. With age, the body’s ability to make enzymes decreases.

Enzymes are known for their assistance in digestion, but they are also very effective for many other issues including the reduction of inflammation, assisting in detoxification, healing the GI tract, reducing allergies, and even improved cognitive abilities.

Behavioral Benefits

Enzymes are known to be very helpful for children with autism and ADHD. Parents have noticed improvements in behavior, better concentration, and increased language abilities.

Quality Supplements

Quality is important with enzymes as it is with all supplements. Broad spectrum digestive enzymes are taken just prior to eating a meal for their assistance in digestion. Good Gut solution has recently formulated a new, high quality product called Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme that helps digest proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and cellulosic materials.

The product Trienza by Houston-Enzymes is another good choice. Trienza has the added benefit of DPP-IV, a very specific enzyme that is capable of breaking down the larger, and potentially more harmful proteins in wheat, (gluten) and dairy, (casein), products that can cause damage to the gut lining allowing toxins to get into the blood. These toxins trigger allergic reactions and make their way to the brain causing behavioral disorders. Trienza also comes in a chewable form for children and adults.

The importance of broad spectrum enzymes is that they assist with a multitude of different types of foods. This is helpful because we do not always know what our body is having trouble with digesting and causes of inflammation. Broad spectrum enzymes cover so many possibilities with one product.

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