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The Source of All Inflammation and the Key to Fighting it

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In recent years much has been written about inflammation, as scientists have discovered it plays a major role in the development of an array of illnesses. But where does inflammation start?
The root of most of it lies in the gut; therefore, anything that promotes a healthier gut will reduce inflammation and its devastating effects on the body.

Link Between Gut Inflammation and Disease

The trillions of microbes in the gut perform multiple functions, including facilitating digestion, regulating metabolism and providing 75 percent of the body’s immunity. This bacterial population is comprised of “friendly” or good bacteria as well as bad or pathogenic bacteria. Inflammation of the gut results when the good microbes decrease and bad microbes increase. When the inflammation becomes chronic, it impairs the normal functioning of nearly every organ systems in the body. The harm perpetrated can lead to cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, depression, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Aside from the general association between gut inflammation and disease, a link exists between a specific gut bacteria, fat cells and type 2 diabetes. It turns out that obese people have higher quantities of the pathogenic bacterial strain Staphylococcus aureus (staph). When staph interacts with fat cells, a heightened inflammatory response is produced, which researchers believe can provoke diabetes.

How to Improve Gut Health

The key to gut health lies in eating a nutritious diet and engaging in lifestyle practices that increase the good microbes while avoiding dietary, environmental and lifestyle elements that decrease them.

Evidence linking gut inflammation to disease is so compelling that some researchers believe supporting intestinal health will become one of the main focuses of the practice of medicine in the 21st century. This emphasis makes sense, as the most effective way of pursuing health involves getting to the root cause of disease.

Sources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/05/chronic-inflammation.aspx?x_cid=20151115_ranart_chronic-inflammation_facebookdoc
http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut/
http://www.gloriousgut.com/disease/disease-inflammation-starts-gut/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fiber-famished-gut-microbes-linked-to-poor-health1/


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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