Know the hottest inflammation markers and how to lower them so you feel great!
Inflammation is one of the leading underlying causes of disease. For years I battled an illness that no one could figure out, and the only thing that kept showing up on blood tests were high inflammation markers. The two most elevated features were erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. These inflammation markers did show the doctors that something was wrong.
When I took classes in blood chemistry, I learned how to run blood tests for inflammation markers and what each one meant. Watching inflammation markers go down has helped me reduce health challenges in people and witness symptoms disappear as lives improve.
Inflammatory markers that are pretty high can indicate heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, depression, weight gain, strokes, infection, etc.
A healthy diet, exercise, and supplements can reduce inflammation and improve health.
- Homocysteine: A high level is a cardiovascular risk for some people. An elevated homocysteine level will show up on blood work due to low folate or b12 status. Many people mistakenly think they need folic acid to help, which is the wrong thing to do. The problem is that folic acid is not converting correctly to folate, which is the usable form, so supplementation must be provided. Plus, lowering foods in the daily diet that contain homocysteine can be helpful.
- Leptin: Leptin levels are increased as fat mass levels go up. Leptin is one of the four main hormones that determine weight. Chronically high leptin levels are associated with obesity, overeating, inflammation in the body, heart disease, and hardening of the arteries.
- C-reactive protein: CRP is a substance produced by the liver that raises the body’s inflammation levels. High CRP can be infection, cancer, heart disease, viral infection, tooth infection, sickness, weight gain, neurologic conditions, high stress, or even a poor diet.
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Hey! I’m Alane Stieglitz-Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health.
I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges.
Obsessed With: my family, my dog, my clients, loving life, and living it to the fullest!