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April 30, 2014
Inflammation
By Julie Matthews

In today’s fast paced world, with little rest, overloaded with toxins, and devoid of nutrients, inflammation is very common. Once triggered, it can be hard to shut off – and if certain biochemical processes persist, chronic inflammation can ensue.

Inflammation acts like a fire in the body, literally burning up many of our necessary nutrients. Inflammation can be triggered by infections, irritants, and biochemical processes that have gone awry. It creates pain, and can lead to cellular damage and a cascade of health problems.

In fact, inflammation is underlying most neurological and chronic disorders in children and adults. All of following conditions have been linked to inflammation:

Autism • Asthma • Allergies • ADHD • Autoimmune conditions • Depression Anxiety • Inflammatory Bowel disorders • Eczema • Schizophrenia

Inflammation is a necessary process for the immune system. When the body can’t shut it off however, it can cause serious problems. Inflammation in linked to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, as well as the myriad of mental health and mood conditions described above.

And some substances that people use to “help” inflammation, like over the counter anti-inflammatories and cortisone creams, are generally ineffective in the long run and can have harmful side effects.

So what can you do? Prevention is a good start; take charge of avoiding common causes of inflammation – things you can influence, like food choices and toxic exposures.

Gluten, dairy, and soy are major food sources of inflammation. Alcohol, processed foods, caffeine, and sugar are also inflammatory. Pesticides can trigger asthma (inflammation) in people, so eat organically whenever possible. Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, as are a variety of herbal supplements. Phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, and spices have anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful; however, for some people the salicylates and other food chemicals can cause inflammation.

Also, talk with your integrative physician about inflammatory lab markers, and appropriate medical treatment. Sometimes the inflammatory process needs to be stopped, and there are useful methods/meditations that can help. As you are exploring and working on this, I suggest beginning with the food, toxin and lifestyle factors that you can address at home. This may provide you some relief (mild to major) and help you and your doctor determine next steps.

Inflammation is the topic of the April Session of my Nourishing Hope Support Club, a monthly Membership Club for parents and clinicians actively employing specialized diets and nutrition. This April Session is OPEN for ANYONE to attend…member or not!

You will learn more about:
What causes inflammation
Which conditions have an underlying inflammation
Foods that cause and calm inflammation
How to address it: food, supplements, toxins and lifestyle factors
Avoiding common “anti-inflammatory” foods…that actually create inflammation in some people
Try out my Support Club …CLICK TO REGISTER to attend the April Session on Inflammation today!

The Session begins at 5pm, Wednesday April 30th!

See you online!

Julie

Contact me at: info@nourishinghope.com

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SUPPORT CLUB – 2013 Recap

JAN: Supplements for children with developmental delays
FEB: Gut Health: Special diets, foods, and supplements that help heal the gut
MAR: The Gaps in GAPS?
APR: Oxalates and the Low Oxalate diet
MAY: 25 Vegetables a Dozen Kid-Friendly Ways
JUNE: Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid: Tools to Help You Feed Those You Love
JULY: Phenols, Salicylates, Amines and Glutamates
AUG: EMFs and Toxins in your Home and How to Avoid Them
SEPT: Following any Diet in Six Easy Steps
OCT: Grain Free Diets
NOV: Low Oxalate Cooking
DEC: Combining Diets
2014
JAN: Behavior Challenges and Food
FEB: Food and Mood, Guest Trudy Scott
MAR: The Microbiome in Autism, Guest Jack Gilbert, Ph.D.

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