Written by Katherine M. Coleman, M.N.T.

Most allergy sufferers are all too familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways, but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and more.  It’s clear that chronic inflammation can be a systemic cause of a lot of serious illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others, therefore it is important to know how to reduce inflammation properly.

Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation, or injury. It is characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved. It is known as the cornerstone of the body’s healing response and allows more nourishment and immune activity to enter into an injury or infection site. On the surface, inflammation may present itself as local redness, heat, swelling and pain. Yet when inflammation endures without serving any function, it becomes damaging to your health and contributes to dis-ease.

In the case of allergies, the immune system responds to the presence of an allergen, a normally harmless substance to which it has become overly sensitive. Allergens bind to antibodies, which trigger the release of chemicals like histamine that result in allergy symptoms. In the case of asthma, inflammation causes the airways to swell, making breathing difficult.

As the initial response that fires up the immune system, inflammation is the crucial first step in fighting off infection and healing wounds. Chronic inflammation begins to occur when inflammation persists and the immune system is constantly activated and is known to lead to chronic disease. Stress, lack of exercise, dietary choices, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins (such as secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation. Learning how to influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks. The Healing Center relies on Apex Energetics Resvero Active and Turmero Active to help fight and dysfunctional immune system and repair immune mechanisms.

Many individuals have heard of resveratrol and know it’s found in wines and grapes. Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols and these compounds are known for their antioxidant and potent anti-inflammatory properties. Resveratrol polyphenols protect the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Studies on resveratrol have shown how it supports healthy immune mechanisms, supports a healthy mucosal-induced immune response, and aids in anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic response mechanisms. However, when you are researching how to reduce inflammation, the quality of your supplement matters. Because the most efficient way of consuming resveratrol is by direct absorption through the inside of the mouth, the bioavailability of an oral pill is low. When absorbed this way, it is rapidly metabolized in the intestines and the liver into conjugated forms and only trace amounts are detected in the blood. For this reason, APEX Energetics new Resvero Active uses a syringe style delivery system making it a high end, cutting edge source of concentrated resveratrol.

Another anti-inflammatory The Healing Center recommends is curcumin. Turmero Active, by APEX Energetics, provides individuals with a rich source of concentrated curcuminoids and is also delivered syringe style making its compounds as bioavailable they can be. Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid found in the Indian spice turmeric, known for giving it its yellow color and is actually a member of the ginger family. Curcumin has outstanding anti-inflammation and neuroprotective effects. Studies even suggest that it has the potential to protect against cardiac inflammation and may ameliorate autoimmune disorders. It acts as a free radical scavenger and is known to provide key antioxidants, help support a normal biotransformation process in the liver, support healthy immune functioning and anti-inflammatory response mechanisms, and has proven to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.

Individually, both Resvero Active and Turmero Active are powerful. Combined, they can significantly decrease the cellular expression of inflammation. Together, studies indicate their antioxidant agents are a feasible therapeutic tool that interferes with chronic inflammation and the development of autoimmune disease. Obviously it’s easy to tell if you’ve got some acute inflammation going on—swelling, pain, heat radiating from a part of your body that’s suddenly assumed a rosy hue, and chronic migraines are all blatant indicators of the inflammatory process. However, tests for markers of inflammation are not yet standard in most medical practices.

At The Healing Center, we use comprehensive blood work panels to evaluate your level of inflammation. Systemic inflammation can be a fairly nebulous state, and pinning it down can be tough, even with the help of actual objective lab markers. Since inflammation and the maladies associated with are intricately interwoven and have a tendency to feed off each other creating a vast array of symptoms, it can feel like you are chasing symptoms. Contact us and schedule an appointment today to learn how to reduce inflammation and eliminate the ultimate cause, or causes (because there is always more than one) of chronic inflammation.