By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Inflammation is an essential and natural part of the body’s defense mechanism to fight viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders. It is the body’s way of shielding itself from harm and healing itself. Inflammation starts by white blood cells releasing chemicals into the bloodstream or on the tissues that are getting attacked. Most people have experienced some inflammation whether it be from a bug bite, rash, or an allergic reaction. Which commonly come with symptoms such as redness, swelling and or warmth on attacked site such as from a bug bite or acne. However, inflammation can also be the start of something severe.
Inflammation is the start to most diseases, and often there are no warning signs. The immune system can call up for a defense when there are no real invaders against itself. This is what happens in cases such as autoimmune diseases. Some signs that their may be a high inflammation level in the body may be weight gain, heart disease or cardio symptoms, pain, fatigue, swelling of the body and auto immunity. Other times there may not be any symptoms but there IS inflammation! How can you know if you have inflammation markers or concerns? You can find out through a blood test that measures bio-marker like c-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood for inflammation.
High levels of CPR can indicate many health conditions such as:
a bone infection, or osteomyelitis
cancer, especially lymphoma
inflammatory bowel disease
lupus, another connective tissue disease, or another
Other biomarkers that one should consider are homocysteine and fibrinogen. If you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, screening your homocysteine levels should be highly considered. High amounts of homocysteine have been correlated with heart attacks, blood clots, coronary artery disease, and strokes, although it may not be an independent risk factor it is important to be aware of. Next biomarker up is fibrinogen, which is an assuring biomarker in detecting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). High levels of fibrinogen were found in up to about 40 percent of all COPD patients. That is why it is so important to know what is going on inside of you concerning inflammation.
Our Comprehensive Blood Test not only checks for all three of these biomarkers it also comes with a personal protocol to reduced inflammation in the body! Find out if inflammation is a concern for you!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Comprehensive Blood Test kits and all tests 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.