One of the recent discoveries in medical and health sciences is the issue of inflammation. It’s by far one of the most serious issues in most people presently, but few if any know or realize what it is and what it does to their bodies.
In medicine, the inflammation that is the topic of this post is known as chronic inflammation. It’s a slow, silent and resilient disturbance that never goes away in its entirety. Chronic inflammation has now been connected to a host of diseases such as Obesity, Cancer, Heart disease, Diabetes, High blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s & even depression.
You can’t be tested for it, and yet it is a leading influencer of many of the most serious ailments inside your body. Scientists are still researching the exact nature and process of inflammation, but there are some things medical specialists have verified.
- Chronic Inflammation starts with your immune system.Your immune system is your first line of defense against any kind of illness, harm or disease.
- Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved.
As the initial response that fires up the immune system, inflammation is the crucial first step in fighting off infection and healing wounds. However, when inflammation persists – when the immune system is always activated – this is known as chronic inflammation and can lead to chronic disease.
Left alone, inflammation can start to affect the healthy parts of your body such as your organs and cells.
Top Inflammation Triggers
Carrying Excess Weight & Abdominal Fat
One significant discovery concerns obesity and the ways it promotes inflammation. Fat cells, particularly those in the visceral fat that settles in the belly and around organs, were long thought merely to store excess weight. Instead, fat cells act like small factories to churn out molecules known as cytokines, which set inflammation in motion
Consuming Unhealthy Foods
When you regularly consume high carbohydrates & high fat foods such as foods that contain a disproportionate amount of saturated and trans fat, you are increasing your chance of inflammation.
While scientists have not been able to piece together why, their body of work indicates the correlation between unhealthy food consumption & the presence of inflammation.
Studies have proven that cox-2 enzymes within the body cause more inflammation when there is a higher imbalance between the omega-6 fatty acids and the omega-3 fatty acids in the body.
By decreasing our intake of those foods containing omega-6 fats (saturated and transfats) and increasing our intake of omega-3 fats (such as those found in flax seed or oily fish like salmon and tuna) we can effectively reverse this imbalance.
Experiencing Anxiety & Stress Regularly
Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.
Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol, and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control.
Prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone.
Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect. In turn, runaway inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases.
Breathing In Unhealthy Toxins through Bad Air
Environmental toxins inwater, air and especially xenoestrogens in food are one of the causes of inflammation in the body. It’s important to limit our exposure to chemicals in cleaning products, beauty products and pollution, as much as possible.
Xenoestrogens are found in food additives, pesticides and non-organic animal products. Examples of air pollution include smog, smoke, carbon dioxide, mold, fumes from cleaning products and formaldehyde. Pollutants can spread from your air conditioning unit and your heating ducts.
Top Methods To Prevent Inflammation
Eating Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Great for your heart & nervous system. Eat at least two servings of fish per week.
Eating Several Fruits & Vegetables a day – Plants are the best inflammation fighters PERIOD. They are full of anti-inflammatory properties.
Physical Exercise Regularly – Regular exercise can reduce inflammation which is done through the reduction of fat cells and abdominal fat.
Minimizing Stress – Being depressed, anxious, hostile, or stressed also has an effect on inflammation-related chemicals. Yoga & Meditation are proven strategies.
Top 15 Anti-inflammatory Foods to Try:
- Wild Salmon
Video Summary of Inflammation By Dr. Mark Hyman