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Many of us know about the cardinal signs of inflammation.
In the medical field, inflammation is detected by the presence of:
There are two kinds of inflammatory responses: Acute and chronic. Generally speaking, acute inflammation is quickly resolved and does little damage. Chronic inflammation, however, can cause the inflamed tissue to harden and become stiff. This is called fibrosis.
Inflammation is also carried out by a series of chemical messages. These messages are alerts for other systems in the body, and they can create a vicious cycle. In other words, the inflammatory response can produce more inflammation.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation may seem harmless on a day-to-day basis. This kind of inflammation can show up as an achy joint here or there, a bloated abdomen, brain fog, or even the effects of overtraining at the gym. All these discomforts pass within a day or two. And typically, they are all reoccurring.
The reason why you would want to break the vicious cycle and limit the inflammatory response as much as possible is because inflammation leads to cell death and the breakdown of tissue. This translates into aging and modern day chronic disease, some of which are:
Some of the latest research into obesity and diabetes tells us that the fat tissue is actually an endocrine organ!
The type of fat tissue that these studies specifically refer to is what is called visceral fat, or what is known as the classic beer belly.
Some dietary fat, such as heated vegetable and seed oils, can set off an inflammatory cascade within the body. This is because these fats are damaged and oxidized. Damaged and oxidized fats have a tricky molecular shape and trap enzymes, leading eventually to cell destruction. The more fat you eat that is oxidized, processed, or chemically altered, the more you are fighting against inflammation. (1)
Other fats, such as saturated fats from raw, cold-pressed organic coconut oil and the fats from pastured, grass-fed animals, can actually protect the body.
Controlling inflammation anywhere in the body has a lot to do with diet. Even an old injury can suddenly become inflamed after a meal that is heavy in starches and sugars. Clues like this will tell you which foods to avoid. A distended, swollen, or bloated feeling is another clue that your body is having an inflammatory reaction. While everyone is different, certain foods are known as pro-inflammatory:
As much as food can break the body down and wreak havoc on the immune system, food can also repair the body and control inflammation. It all depends on the kind of food you eat.
There are two different kinds of inflammation: Acute and chronic. Acute inflammation normally causes little damage, but chronic inflammation occurs over a long period of time and can cause fibrosis. Untreated chronic inflammation can lead to premature aging and diseases like type II diabetes, obesity, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
To get control of inflammation, focus on your diet. Avoid excess sugar, starches, and most grains. Try to limit vegetable and seed oils, as well as lectins found in nightshade vegetables like peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes.
You can cool down the inflammatory response in your body to protect your immune system by eating fermented foods rich in antioxidants. It is also important to eat protective oils, like raw, organic coconut oil, and high-quality omega-3 fatty acids to fight inflammation.
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