How to save a vessel in your gut
A little known fact about vessels is that they’re very hard to treat and often treat only the ones that cause damage.
That makes them a prime target for infection control measures like diet, exercise, and medication.
The more damage, the harder it is to treat, and more likely a patient will relapse.
The best way to avoid this problem is to keep your vessels healthy.
“The only way to control your own immune system is to have a good balance between healthy vessels and unhealthy vessels,” said Dr. Mark T. Rimmer, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Vascular Biology.
In a study published in March, Dr. Rimer and his colleagues found that the optimal diet was a good match for vessels.
They looked at nearly 300 patients with chronic disease, and found that those who ate a plant-based diet were three times more likely to have lower vessel levels than those who did not.
For a person with a chronic inflammatory disease, diet and exercise are key factors in controlling the inflammatory process.
So even if you have good health, if you don’t have good vessels you can have a hard time controlling the inflammation and getting better.
“We need to balance that against the health of the body,” said Rimmer.
It’s not that the vessels themselves have to be perfect, but they have to do a good job of healing themselves.
Dr. John Rimmer of the CDC’s Division of Vascular Disease Prevention, said, “If you have a healthy vessel, you can keep that healthy.”
He said that’s because they are able to absorb nutrients from the surrounding environment, which is what the immune system needs.
“There is a huge amount of work to be done before we can really say that a vessel has healed and that’s a good thing,” said Tammi A. Brown, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
However, a lot of people don’t know how to get good balance in their vessel, so they tend to do things that may not be beneficial to them.
So the best way is to take care of the vessel, then let it heal, then go back to doing things that are beneficial.
That’s what diet is all about.
If you have bad vessels, it’s more difficult to manage the immune response and control the inflammation that causes the disease, she said.
Tammie A. Smith, M, R.D. is a senior writer at WomensHealthy.com and a co-founder of Women Healthy.