Put out the fire in your body to free yourself of disease
When you’ve got an autoimmune disease, your body is literally fighting itself.
More specifically, your body’s immune system goes haywire, attacking your healthy cells as it would to fight off an infection, even when everything is perfectly normal.
The painful inflammation that comes with the process always seemed like it was just a result of the battle that your body has waged from within.
But a recent study from Massachusetts Eye and Ear finds that inflammation may also be the cause of that autoimmune response.
There’s no doubt that inflammation — even at low levels over the long term — plays a role in a multitude of health conditions. Whether it’s IBS… or psoriasis… or even depression… you can bet that there’s inflammation at work.
And over the long term, inflammation can be deadly. It’s been linked to killers like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
According to the study, at least TWO of the factors that cause autoimmune disorders to be a lifetime reoccurrence are inflammatory markers called interleukins — or, specifically, interleukin-7 (IL-7) and interleukin-15 (IL-15).
We’ve known from previous studies that what was responsible for a range of autoimmune disorders (like multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic inflammatory eye disorders) was something called the “T Helper 17” cell of the immune system.
TH17 cells come in handy when fighting off pathogens, because they can “remember” what causes disease and infections and stick around as long as those are present.
But when TH17 cells go haywire, that “memory” works against your favor — because once they start fighting your healthy tissue, they don’t stop. They stick around, which is what makes the resulting inflammation chronic.
But as researchers found in this new study on mice, it’s a vicious cycle. TH17 cells have receptors for the inflammatory interleukins, which seem to “lock in” the cells’ memory and perpetuate the creation of even more inflammation.
When the researchers neutralized the interleukins, however, lo and behold: There was a big reduction in TH17 memory.
All this time, mainstream medicine has been running in circles trying to TREAT the inflammation that’s only a SYMPTOM of autoimmune disease… when what we really need to do is to STOP inflammation before it STARTS!
The good news is you don’t have to wait on researchers to fight inflammation, because you can adopt some basic anti-inflammatory changes right now, on your own.
Supplement with some of the best anti-inflammatories out there — including omega-3s, vitamin C, curcumin, resveratrol, and a good probiotic.
Cut out the processed foods… the ingredients you can’t even pronounce… and get back to basics. Delicious animal protein, fresh fish, leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and healthy fats all fit the bill — and you’ve got plenty of choices of them with the Paleo Diet.
You’ll want to get up and get moving, too. A recent study found that walking briskly on a treadmill for just 20 minutes reduced blood levels of inflammation markers.
But there’s no need to buy a treadmill — just go outside! (And you’ll get some of that vitamin D while you’re at it.)