Inflammation - The Nemecheck Protocol
The Nemecheck Protocol, a different approach to addressing some of
the health challenges of modern day living, is about balancing the two
parts of the autonomic nervous system… (1) the sympathetic nervous
system (considered the fight or flight system) and (2) the parasympathetic
nervous system (considered the rest and digest or feed and breed system.)
In the protocol, Dr Nemecheck stresses the role of inflammation as a
cause/consequence of the imbalance between the two systems and the
need to control the triggers that cause inflammation in the body. Given
that more and more people are struggling with less than optimum health,
it is worthy of consideration.
Dr Nemecheck states, “Widespread metabolic inflammation is a relatively
new problem for us, and we are just now realizing what the past few decades
of foods and medicines have done to our health. Many of the chronic health conditions affecting us today were relatively uncommon a hundred years ago. People did not develop obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or heart disease. Children did not have ADD and Autism. These are modern diseases with the shared modern cause of metabolic inflammation, and we are getting these illnesses faster and at younger ages as our inflammation accumulates.”
Conventional medicine offers drugs, surgery, and radiation as its primary treatment modalities. However, the increasingly common theme between many functional or natural approaches to regaining health is to target inflammation.
How we can reduce or target inflammation
There are many simple things we can do to help reduce the inflammatory load on our
bodies. We have become accustomed to seeking a ‘magic pill’ to take away our pain,
not fully realising that such a pill may only briefly alleviate our symptoms while adding
to the inflammatory load overall and not addressing the route cause of the inflammation.
So an antacid may relieve the stingy, acid taste and reflux in the gullet, it is not helping
you address the cause of your reflux. If it is caused, say, by excess alcohol, ceasing the
alcohol is the answer. Taking an antacid simply covers over the cracks!
So how to reduce inflammation otherwise known as reducing the inflammatory load on
Reduce inflammatory foods from our diets. This would include - eliminating sugar,
processed foods and unhealthy processed oils, gluten and dairy.
Nurture a healthy gut microbiome. 80 percent of your immune system is in your microbiome, your body’s bacteria, which help your body with just about every process, including helping you to digest your food, think clearly and even maintain a healthy weight. Your microbiome is housed in your gut and the other openings of your body such as your mouth, your genitals, and your nose. When your gut microbiome is balanced, you stay healthy, you are in a good mood and you have a lot of energy. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, you are setting yourself up for a host of health issues, including weight gain, diabetes, brain fog, and cancer.
Address nutrition quality – many of us have too much food but with insufficient nutritional content.
Ensure the body’s pH balance. The pH (potential of hydrogen) of your body comprises of an acid and alkaline level, measured between 1 & 14. This is increasingly a main focus of attention in the recovery and prevention of illness and disease resulting from acidosis (acidic state of the body).
Extensive scientific research shows that healthy people have an alkaline system. If there is an imbalance in the body’s pH this can negatively effect the health of all the body’s systems such as circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary. This can lead to illness and in some chronic (ongoing) cases, disease. Due to the amount of acidic forming foods in the modern diet, most people are exposed to heightened levels of:
Low energy levels
Anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acid. Water has a pH level of 7 -- it's neutral, meaning it has the same amount of acids and alkalis, which balance each other out.
Urine and saliva testing using special pH test strips can give you a picture as to the pH levels in your body giving you valuable information, to plan a better diet and lifestyle to improving your overall health.
Detoxify consistently to reduce the toxic load of inflammatory compounds you absorb from the environment.
Manage the stressors in your life and your internal response to them. Ensure adequate levels of Magnesium and B Vitamins. Keep hydrated ie drink plenty water. These will not make the cause of your stress disappear but they will help you to handle it better.
Take a different view So often we look at problems from the wrong perspective, so a change of viewpoint can often make a huge difference.
Catch as much sunshine as you can; not only will it help with Vitamin D levels but it will improve your mood.
Eat a colourful range of foods – a feast for the eyes.
Support group for people using the Nemecheck Protocol
10 signs of chronic inflammation
Brain fog, poor memory, or difficulty concentrating
Digestive issues, including gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, or acid reflux
Headaches (frequent) or migraines
High blood sugar
Mood issues, including anxiety or depression
Skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis
Weight gain, especially around your waist