Category Archives: Inflammation

What to Do If You Have Inflammation Acne?

By Melissa Tucker, RHN

We might not think of it this way, but the skin is our largest organ. As such, it provides an outward reflection of the quality of your health deeper within.

That’s especially true of your complexion and whether you are dealing with acne. If you fall into this category – and many of us do – I suggest taking a close look at your diet and the other common contributors to inflammation (listed below) to help you on your way to healthier skin and better looking skin.

So often we treat a pimple or acne breakout with a new expensive topical product, when in fact, inflammation rather than a clogged surface pore is what lead to your breakout. Blocked pores set the stage for acne, but chronic inflammation is the engine that fuels it and maintains it as a problem for us.

The causes of chronic inflammation are many. In the majority of circumstances, it is not one particular problem that leads to chronic stress outbreaks, but dozens of poor dietary and lifestyle choices.

Any one of the following in isolation would not cause a huge inflammatory response but when they begin to add up – and they become a regular part of your life – the burden on your body becomes too much, resulting in stress pimples, or adult acne.

Here’s your checklist to consider:

A poor diet:

Eating too many processed foods is a leading cause of chronic inflammation. A prime example of this is the trans-fat, which is notorious for causing inflammation. Artificial ingredients in processed foods are inflammatory as well, because our body just cannot process them very well. When consumed in abundance the inflammatory response begins and can carry over to appear as a food allergy to other natural food ingredients.

Sleep deprivation:

The lack of sleep can cause elevations in inflammatory cytokines and other chemicals, making sleep deprivation one of the quickest ways to disrupt hormonal balance, energy levels, digestion and skin health. Get your sleep! And you can help yourself out on that front by paying attention to the next factor.

Lack of exercise:

Sitting around all day can cause inflammation because there is lack of circulation. Moderate exercise will reduce chronic inflammation. Breaking a sweat is one of the most effective ways to eliminate toxins from your body and improve skin and overall health. #MoveItToLoseIt (It will also help you sleep).

Not getting enough support:

The power to support the immune system that is provided by high quality vitamins, minerals and other supplemental adaptogens is undeniable. A prime example is zinc, which by the way is famous for curing acne. Other dietary factors include getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Vitamin C to give skin a more radiant, healthy and youthful glow.

Paying attention to your diet, getter better sleep and exercising regularly are the real keys here. Yet I strongly recommend supplementing with vitamins C and D, immunity products such as PURICA Complete 360 and whole body health formulations such as PURICA Recovery will go a long way towards improving skin health and mitigating against inflammation acne.

I also recommend minerals such as PURICA Magnesium and medicinal mushrooms such as PURICA Red Reishi and PURICA Chaga. The latter is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet while Reishi can calm your system down, helping to combat the stress that often triggers acne.

Healthy Skin, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind! 

Exercise and Inflammation

Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic metabolic and cardiorespiratory diseases, in part because exercise exerts anti-inflammatory effects. Regular exercise is protective against several chronic diseases ranging from physiologic diseases such as cardiovascular disease to neurologic diseases such as dementia and depression. Exciting recent research points to chronic inflammation as an underlying contributor to many age-related chronic diseases. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in animals and humans have shown both an acute and a chronic anti-inflammatory effect.

Acute and chronic inflammation compared

Acute Inflammation

  • Causative agents – harmful bacteria or injury to tissue
  • Major cells involved – mainly neutrophils, basophils (in the inflammatory response), and eosinophils (response to parasites and worms), and mononuclear cells (macrophages, monocytes)
  • Primary mediators – eicosanoids, vasoactive amines
  • Onset (when does the inflammation start) – straight away
  • Duration – short-lived, only a few days
  • Outcomes – the inflammation either gets better (resolution), develops into an abscess, or becomes a chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation

  • Causative agent – non-degradable pathogens that cause persistent inflammation, infection with some types of viruses, persistent foreign bodies, overactive immune system reactions
  • Major cells involved – Macrophages, lymphocytes, plasma cells (these three are mononuclear cells), and fibroblasts
  • Primary mediators – reactive oxygen species, hydrolytic enzymes, IFN-γ and other cytokines, growth factors
  • Duration – from several months to years
  • Outcomes – the destruction of tissue, thickening and scarring of connective tissue (fibrosis), death of cells or tissues (necrosis)

What’s the difference between chronic inflammation and acute inflammation?

Acute inflammation – starts rapidly (rapid onset) and quickly becomes severe. Signs and symptoms are only present for a few days, but in some cases may persist for a few weeks.

Examples of diseases, conditions, and situations which can result in acute inflammation include: acute bronchitis, infected ingrown toenail, sore throat from a cold or flu, a scratch/cut on the skin, exercise (especially intense training), acute appendicitis, acute dermatitis, acute tonsillitis, acute infective meningitis, acute sinusitis, or a blow. Continue reading

Glucosamine in Joint Therapy

Glucosamine in joint therapy – human and equine

As surprising as it is, conventional medicine does not yet have a proven treatment for either the symptoms or the condition of Osteoarthritis.  In large part because of this, Glucosamine therapy has become the ‘go to’ treatment plan for many sufferers.  Despite not being approved by the US Food and Drug administration for medicinal use, it is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral, dietary supplements used by adults in the US. Continue reading