Understanding Cellular Inflammation
I want to share with you what I believe to be one of the main reasons why we are seeing an epidemic of various diseases, now referred to as New Millennium Diseases. Rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, ADD, and cancer are increasing. Either you are dealing with one of these conditions or someone you love is dealing with one or more of these devastating diseases.
What we are finding is that there is a connection between these illnesses and chronic cellular inflammation. Time Magazine has referred to chronic inflammation as the “silent killer”. In this article, I am going to briefly demonstrate how cellular inflammation affects your health and even leads to New Millennium Diseases.
When describing chronic inflammation, I am not referring to the inflammation that occurs in a sore shoulder or swollen knee. I am explaining inflammation at the cellular level.
Every one of our cells has a membrane comprised of a lipid bilayer (two walls of fat). Attached to the membrane are receptors. For example, when you eat, food is broken down into usable elements the cell can use. The job of these receptors is to bring these elements, such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids, into the cell. Cellular energy or ATP is created in this process, as well as other messages and antioxidants that are needed in order for the body to function properly. In the process of creating energy, toxins are also produced and released from the cell. When the cell membrane is inflamed, the receptors become blunted and nutrients cannot get into the cell and toxins cannot get out. If nutrients cannot get into the cell to create ATP, it cannot create one of the most powerful anti-oxidants on the planet, glutathione. This causes a number of problems with cellular function, and symptoms begin to occur in the body. The cell then has two options:
- It will mutate or adapt to the new environment of toxicity or inflammation. This mutation is also known as cancer.
- It will die. Also referred to as cell apoptosis or premature aging.
When the cells die off at a rapid rate, the body begins to respond with conditions like headaches, brain fog, and fatigue to more serious illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic symptoms and diseases that many men and women in our culture face today.
What causes cellular inflammation?
- Sugars – Americans are addicted to sugar. We get a lot of sugar in our diet and this goes beyond the dessert that we have after dinner. There are a lot of hidden sugars out there. It is in our breads, it is in our “health foods”, it is in our juices, condiments and lunch meats. We are getting way too much sugar in our diet.
With excessive sugar intake, the insulin receptor gets overworked and eventually dies. The cell can no longer hear insulin. That is what type 2 diabetes is — the body’s inability to hear insulin, not produce insulin. But in today’s medical treatment, medications are used to beat the pancreas into producing more insulin, when the problem is in the cell. High insulin levels drive inflammation further, eventually leading to heart disease and premature aging and will further the progression of diabetes. Insulin also makes it harder to lose weight because insulin is a fat-storing hormone. So in order to get well, this vicious cycle has to stop.
- Bad Fats – We have become so afraid of saturated fat and cholesterol, but these are the two most necessary fats to regenerate the cell membrane. Bad fats in the form of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFAs) damage the cells and drive inflammation and oxidative stress (production of free radicals). These fats in the form of vegetable oils, are found in the majority of our processed foods including chips, pies, crackers, and even foods marketed as health foods. Sugars combined with bad fats increase LDL particles (commonly known as bad cholesterol) that drive inflammation.
Examples of good fats include coconut oil, egg yolks, flax oil, olive oil and butter. These are fats that nourish and provide a perfect environment for the cell membranes and receptors.
- Environmental Toxins – Environmental toxins involve a broad entity of chemicals that we encounter in our everyday lives. Our environment has been bombarded with thousands of chemicals with new chemicals being introduced into our air, food, and water each year. Our laundry detergents, kitchen cleaners, and air fresheners could be unknowingly making us sick. Every morning we lather up in skin-care products that are also loaded with toxic chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulfate which has devastating effects on our health. Other toxic chemicals we have daily exposure to include fluoride, molds, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals like lead and mercury.
Toxins are known as the smoking gun that can trigger numerous chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The inability to lose weight, despite diet and exercise, is usually associated with high toxicity levels in the body.
This is how chronic cellular inflammation causes so many chronic illnesses today. For more information about cellular inflammation and how you can get your health and your life back, join our mailing list at https://goo.gl/VV8cW0.