Inflammation is our body's natural defense mechanism. It happens in response to an injury, irritation, or infection occurring to us. When we cut our hand, or we injure it, the inflammatory process sets in and there's presence of redness, swelling, loss of function and pain present at the site of injury. This type of inflammation is called Acute Inflammation. Acute inflammation is healthy and important to promote healing. When inflammation is present for a long time, and our body's immune system is unable to clear it, that's when inflammation gets unhealthy, giving rise to a large number of diseases, like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. This long-standing inflammation is called Chronic Inflammation. Chronic inflammatory diseases are the most significant cause of death in the world. WHO ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Smoking, drinking, obesity and wrong foods promote chronic inflammatory processes. Exposure to radiation, environmental pollution and certain infections, like hepatitis, H. Pylori, HIV also promotes inflammation and subsequent cancer formation. Lack of physical activity, stress, depression, isolation and lack of sleep are additional factors that promote inflammation.
t is hard to recognize presence of inflammation in our body. In fact obesity is considered as an inflammatory state. The symptoms and signs are mostly ill-defined and vague. Presence of fatigue, low energy levels, stress, ongoing pain, allergies, asthma and digestive problems like bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, acid reflux, or changes in bowel habit is suggestive of presence of inflammation.
Choosing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is crucial to achieving optimum helth, and happiness too
An anti-inflammatory diet has the power to inhibit
several events that lead to cancer development. Fruits
and vegetables have hundreds of anti-inflammatory
agents. It’s best we eat a variety of fresh fruits and
vegetables across the entire spectrum. Eat foods that
are rich in omega 3 fats, like fish and flax-seeds, and
the specific anti-inflammatory foods like avocados,
olive oil, walnuts and almonds. Fish is one of the best
anti-inflammatory foods, however it is crucial to
consume fish with low mercury and toxin levels. Reduce
whites like salt, white flour, white sugar and white rice.
Highly processed foods, frozen and canned foods and
meats are pro-inflammatory. Eat in moderation foods
like whole grains, legumes, beans and seeds. They
increase fiber intake and help regulate blood sugar
and insulin levels, but are also known to promote
inflammation in increased amounts.
Exercise is a useful tool to reduce inflammation. So is stress management. It is a good practice to find ways to reduce or manage stress, using techniques like meditation, prayers, yoga or whatever suits you best. Chronic stress is linked to chronic inflammation.
If you have an inflammatory condition it’s best you pay attention now. Consult your doctor and get yourself treated. There are specific medicines to reduce it. Chances are you may be reducing your risk of getting cancer.
Regularly sleeping less than eight hours exposes your body to chronic stress that will result in an increased abdominal fat. Obesity and diabetes develop if we regularly cut your night's sleep short. By sleeping well, we reduce stress and inflammation, which in turn prevents a number of diseases.
Be physically active, preferably every day
Learn a relaxation technique
Strengthen your social network: create some time for family, friends and colleagues
Deal positively with stressful situations rather than ignoring them
Hold family reunions and create a happy home
Prioritise your sleep (see next column)
Take short breaks and give your body chance to breathe out and relax
Get up at the same time every morning, even when you
go to bed a bit later and at weekends
Do not have an afternoon nap, when you are already having problems to sleep at night
Get out of bed if you can't sleep and do something quiet instead
Don't consume coffee, tea, cola or chocolate in the last few hours before bed- the caffeine will keep you awake Don't go to bed hungry
Do not allow your children and animals in your bed
Lifestyle habits, can raise the risk for sleep problems. Not getting enough daily physical activity, being around lots of noise, taking longer naps, falling asleep outside the bedroom, watching long hours of television or having long hours of other types of screen time, using tobacco products, drinking alcohol and caffeine, and not taking in enough nutrients can all affect sleep. Reduce these if you want to sleep well.
A very often asked question, from a lot of our patients, is 'What do we Eat'?
Below are the current guidelines on what to eat during cancer treatment
Good nutrition is important for
cancer patients. Eating the right
kinds of foods can help the patient
feel better and stay stronger. A
healthy diet includes eating and
drinking enough of the foods and
liquids that have important nutrients
(vitamins, minerals, protein,
carbohydrates, fat, and water) the
Overall, try to make food choices that provide you enough calories to maintain your weight, protein to help rebuild tissues that cancer treatment may harm, nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and fluids essential for your body's functioning. Also, exercise can help with appetite and digestion issues related to treatment.
Avoid skipping meals and eating fatty, greasy or spicy foods. Light, bland foods seem to work best. Some examples of choices are: Plain or Fruited yogurt Fresh fruit and cottage cheese (Paneer) Boiled egg and toast Toasted bread with a small amount of butter Cereal and milk or Soy milk, if lactose intolerant Vegetable or Chicken rice soup with saltine crackers.
A diet to protect against heart disease, stroke, and other common diseases is what we need to eat - with or without cancer. It consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish, and low-fat dairy products rather than refined or processed foods, red meats, high concentrated sweets, and unhealthy oils.
The Denvax Research and Development center is for manufacturing of Denvax Cancer Immunotherapy, the customized cell-based protocol on cancer. The R&D center is designed as per the WHO standards of lab facility, meeting the GMP requirements. The Denvax R&D center runs 24X7, non-stop on all days of the year. The lab is fully equipped to perform world standards cell culture techniques, an essential part of Denvax manufacturing.