Inflammation

Includes articles related to inflammation, how it impacts the body, and various factors that affect it, such as diet, stress, and exercise.

Essential fatty acids

Reduce Omega 6 Fats to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the underlying cause of all the chronic conditions we have today and that includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases like arthritis, MS, Crohn’s, and celiac, neurological issues like Alzheimer’s, dementia, mood disorders, and anxiety.  Inflammation is also the cause of the aches and pains associated with getting older, slow recovery of muscles …

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intestine health

How can you tell if your small intestine is healthy or damaged?

The lining of our small intestine is where we absorb the nutrients we have digested.  It is very important to have a healthy intestinal barrier so that only fully digested nutrients enter our bloodstream. If undigested large molecules leave the intestine and get into the interstitial space and bloodstream then an inflammatory response is triggered.  …

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curcumin

Curcumin has antiviral properties

Curcumin is the active chemical in the spice turmeric.  It has long been known that curcumin has many beneficial effects on inflammatory conditions, cancer, and infections.  A 2019 article in Frontiers in Microbiology further investigated the antibacterial and antiviral actions of curcumin and found that it was very effective against several viruses including influenza, hepatitis …

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Ibuprofen COVID

ACE inhibitors and Ibuprofen – Any link to COVID severity?

All viruses need to bind to a receptor on our cell surface in order to enter and replicate. Here is an example of an influenza virus entering a cell.  Every virus has a specific receptor it binds to in order to enter and infect a cell. What type of receptor does COVID use? COVID-19 infects …

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virus

Vitamin D reduces the severity of respiratory viral infections

As COVID-19 makes its way through the population it is important to consider how we can help our immune system cope with viral infections. In my previous article I described how our immune system generally deals with viral infections.  In this article, I will discuss the specific role of vitamin D in viral infections.   Vitamin …

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virus structure

Viral infections and how our immune system deals with it

Organisms and pathogens have been evolving together since the beginning of life on earth.  Humans have always been exposed to infectious organisms and sometimes they kill us and sometimes we adapt and fight them off.  What determines what pathogens kill us, why are some easier to fight off than others? Topics covered:  How viruses infect …

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blood cholesterol

Dietary Cholesterol vs Blood Cholesterol

When someone says “I have high cholesterol”, what they actually mean is that they have high LDLs, which are low density lipoproteins where cholesterol is just one component of group of molecules.  Dietary cholesterol is one single molecule and has important biological functions in our body. Dietary Cholesterol Cholesterol is shown in the following diagram.  …

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natural vs added sugar

Is eating sugar in fruit the same as eating table sugar?

The short answer is yes AND no!  It is not quite as clear cut as “sugar is sugar”.  What is the same? Sucrose has the same chemical structure no matter what the source.  Sucrose is a disaccharide that contains 50:50 glucose and fructose molecules.  Glucose and fructose are both monosaccharides that have the molecular formula …

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Anti-inflammatory foods

Foods that impact inflammation

Chronic inflammation is highly associated with chronic diseases so we want to minimize excessive inflammation as much as possible.  Inflammation is when the immune system reacts to foreign substances or microorganisms in order to protect the body.  When the immune system fights of infectious organisms or harmful substances, it can be quite reactive and causes …

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chronic inflammation

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is highly involved in numerous ailments and disease processes including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ulcers, asthma, mood issues, tendonitis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, strokes, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and the list goes on and on. But What IS inflammation?  What is happening in the body at the tissue and cellular level when we have inflammatory …

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telomeres

Aging and Telomeres – how lifestyle factors have an impact

Telomeres are repeated DNA sequences at the end of all of our chromosomes that protect our genes from degradation; kind of like the aglets on the end of shoelaces.  Every time our cells divide the telomeres get shorter and eventually they disappear and then that cell can’t divide anymore, this is why our cells age …

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