By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Inflammation has been known as one of the leading underlying causes of disease. Do you know how chronic inflammation can affect your body? Do you know what labs can pinpoint IF there is a chronic inflammation issue?
Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mood swings, depression, weight gain, inability to lose weight, strokes, heart attack and more. It has been proven many times that diet, exercise, and correct supplementation can lower inflammation levels which improves health and wellness.
Inflammation and Cancer: Researchers continue to find answers about how inflammation contributes to cancer. Inflammatory cells produce free radicals that destroy genetic material, including DNA, leading to mutations that cause cells to grow and divide endlessly. More immune cells are then called in, creating inflammation that feeds the growth of tumors.
At Nutritionally Yours we know how to test for inflammation markers, and we can teach you how to lower them if needed. Here are some of the ones we test.
*Homocysteine: A high level is a cardiovascular risk for people. Most of the time an elevated homocysteine level will show up on blood work (indicating inflammation) due to a low folate level in the body. Many people mistakenly think they need folic acid to help and that is actually the wrong thing to do. The problem is that folic acid is not converting correctly to folate which is the usable form, so supplementation needs to be provided. Plus lowering foods in the daily diet that contain homocysteine can be helpful.
Leptin: If you are overweight, underweight, or have autoimmunity or chronic inflammation, then leptin is relevant to your health. Leptin levels tend to go up as fat mass increases. So, increased body weight can cause leptin to go up. Leptin is one of the 4 main hormones that determine weight. Chronic high levels of leptin are associated with obesity, overeating, inflammatory conditions, 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. You may never know by looking at someone that their CRP levels are high. When it is elevated, it can lead to an increase in flares from inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme, vasculitis, IBS, and even be a cancer marker. It can also indicate some neuro-degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This inflammation level can also be increased when a person is sedentary, has too much stress, is exposed to toxins or eating a poor diet.
These are a few of the inflammation markers that we test for. It is essential to know what each one is for and what to do about it. We DO! Each one has its own support program. What helps for leptin may not help for CRP for example. If you are concerned and want to get your inflammation levels tested, please book an appointment so we can help you. Appointments can be made via our website or by calling our clinic.
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.