INFLAMMAGING: Exploring the Connection between Aging and Inflammation

No matter how hard we try, there is no escaping the thralls of aging. Some of us handle the inevitable course of nature with grace and style, transforming ourselves into a more handsome or lovelier version of our younger selves while others (seemingly more and more of us) end up looking and feeling older, more tired and perpetually rundown.

Of course, many factors contribute to the way in which we age – diet, exercise and lifestyle are a few of the more common but more and more scientific evidence is crowning inflammation as the wicked stepsister of aging.

The inflammation theory of aging is more commonly referred to as Inflammaging after Italian scientist and anti-aging guru, Claudio Franceschi, and his team of experts coined the term in 2000. Inflammaging refers to the biological reaction between inflammation and aging.

The Inflammation Aging Era

Remember that upset stomach you had the other day or the headache that kept you home sick from work last week? Ever wonder why you have swollen or achy joints and muscles? Well, allow me to introduce inflammation at work as these common conditions all share inflammatory properties.

Inflammation is a necessary immune system process that helps the body fight damaging agents. It occurs throughout all areas of the body including organ tissues, intestines, muscles and ligaments. While inflammation itself is a healthy and natural occurance, chronic inflammation can be bad news because the immune system functions with an inflammatory response level that is far too high than that which it was designed to cope with.

The immune system naturally produces free radicals to help deal with inflammation but when the condition is chronic, there is a constant production of free radicals which have time and time again been linked to many life threatening diseases including heart disease and cancer.

Chronic inflammation leads to a constant production of free radicals which can be bad news for health. Free radicals are basically unstable molecules whose main purpose is to find an electron to bind to in order to become a stable structure. Unfortunately, when free radicals ravage healthy cells in search of these electrons, they change the cellular composition of the healthy cells, turning them into abnormal cells. Abnormal cells are bad news in terms of health.

It is also important to note that when inflammation is present, the immune system sends white blood cells and other agents to heal the ailment. Chronic inflammation leads the body to compromise normal bodily functions because it is too busy producing cells to tame the inflammation rather than producing cells to maintain and support healthy tissues. In other words, ongoing or chronic inflammation causes the human organism to neglect other normal bodily functions which can lead to premature aging of organs and tissues and potentially the early development of various age-related diseases.

The concept of aging inflammation is a relatively new concept in the world of science but its validity should not be under minded. The concept of inflammaging is gaining more and more scientific support.  Many researchers feel that it could very well be the Holy Grail of discoveries in the ongoing pursuit of optimal health.

How to Prevent Inflammaging

Earthing oneself is an excellent means to keep inflammaging at bay. Remember those free radicals we mentioned earlier? Well, by entering into direct contact with the ground or utilizing an Earthing device, you inject the body with free electrons that are abundantly present on the Earth’s conductive surface.

When you Earth yourself and inject your body with negative charged electrons, the free radicals in your body are now able to bind to these free electrons donated by the Earth, and that gives your body a break from producing more cells and eliminating old and damaged ones.

Don’t let the simplicity of the concept deter you from Earthing. It is an ancient concept that took us a while to rediscover, and it’s changing the way we think about our health.