Inflammation – Should we worry?
Health advocates are always referring to inflammation, but in actual fact what are they really talking about?
Inflammation is basically a natural process of the body, the body’s chemical messengers encourage a process or an immune response.
But the kind we hear about in the new-age health context is not merely like a broken ankle or a cut; it is the chronic, pervasive low-level of inflammation.
Studies indicate that inflammation affects almost everything from from hip fractures, acid reflux and neuro-degenerative diseases. Many diseases that plague society like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma are tied to one common denominator: Inflammation
Prominent wellness community voices believe inflammation is the root of many diseases. Our current age of environmental pollutants, obesity and high stress levels is a calling for us to do away with some inflammation myths.
Fast Facts on Inflammation
- Inflammation is a self-protection mechanism, an immune response of the body to alleviate harmful stimuli and begin the healing process. Our wounds, infections and tissue damages heal with inflammation. But when this process gets out of control, for instance in a case of rheumatoid arthritis, it damages the body. It plays a role in disorders like obesity, cancer and heart disease.
- The initial stage of inflammation is termed irritation, it then turns into inflammation.
- The discharge of pus follows the inflammation granulation stage, the wound formation and round tissue masses.
- Note that inflammation is an element of the healing process. Reducing inflammation is necessary is some cases, but not always.
Types of Inflammation
Acute inflammation: Starts with a rapid onset and becomes severe quickly.
Chronic inflammation: Long-term cases of inflammation that can last for months or years. Chronic inflammation can cause several conditions and diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, some cancer types, atherosclerosis,
hay fever and others.
Lifestyle choices that compose of food that we eat each day can either balance anti-inflammatory body compounds or tip one end of the scale.
10 Foods to Avoid in a Anti-Inflammation Diet
Incorporating natural foods that are anti-inflammatory foods in diets is as important as avoiding or reducing foods that promote inflammation.
An excess of sugar intake is known to cause tooth decay.1 Moreover it is linked to obesity, chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Recent studies prove that sugar and dairy causes acne.
Approximately sixty percent of the population in the world are unable to digest milk.2 Milk is an allergen that triggers inflammatory responses. These are inclusive of stomach distress like constipation and diarrhea as well as skin conditions like skin rashes, hives, acne and also breathing difficulties.
3. Cooking Oil
Common cooking oils that are used in restaurants and homes have high omega-6 fatty acids and low omega-3 fats.3 This imbalance promotes inflammatory diseases like cancer and heart disease.
4. Trans fats
Trans fats increase ‘bad’ cholesterol and lower ‘good’ cholesterol levels.4 They promote inflammation, insulin resistance, obesity and lead to degenerative illnesses. They are found in deep fried foods, commercially baked items, fast foods, and foods prepared with margarine, hydrogenated oil and vegetable shortening.
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