Our immune system must inherently be able to detect destructive from vital components. If signals are crossed and the immune system is unable to function at a basic level inflammation can occur.
Systemic or acute inflammation is one of the most powerful biochemical mediators and can be a root cause for many other ailments or symptoms. Inflammation may stem from a sedentary lifestyle, a diet rich in chemicals or hormones and devoid of nutrients, or chronic stress.
Triggers can include any food, antigen, bacteria, fungi, drug toxin or another microbe. Careful attention to the intake paperwork is paramount, as exposure to a multitude of environmental toxins could be affecting the immune system.
Assessment strategies: A client’s detailed history can help reveal key events that prompted a flare-up. Also, urine analysis, stool and serum analysis can give great insight to which biomarkers are out of balance.
A genetic test can help determine which SNPs the client is susceptible to and may have activated with current lifestyle choices or exposures.
Interventions employed: The degree of intervention greatly depends on the client and the specific ailment.
Reducing inflammatory markers is key. Some ways to do this include: increasing fish oil and omega 3’s, and reducing intake of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenate oils in the diet.
Reference: Gaby, A. (2011) Diabetes mellitus. Nutritional Medicine. 1094-1095.
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