What Exactly is Inflammation?
Although inflammation may sound dangerous, it's actually a method your body uses to heal itself. But where inflammation gets problematic is where it can turn on the very cells and organs it's supposed to be protecting.
Inflammation occurs when toxic elements enter the body. These invaders cause damage, and the tissues in the body respond by creating swelling. The swelling acts as a barrier against these toxins.
Cellular inflammation is a precursor for many illnesses, including joint disease, cancer, hair loss, skin eruptions like acne, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer's Disease, even multiple sclerosis and lupus.
There is growing awareness in the medical community that we have to control inflammation to ward off disease. An anti inflammatory diet has an immediate impact on your overall health.
One very important aspect of an anti inflammatory diet is its implications on aging. Highly inflammatory foods play a huge role in how we age. Pro-inflammatory foods speed the aging process ten-fold.
What Exactly is Low Grade Inflammation?
Some scientists call low-grade inflammation sub clinical inflammation. Low grade inflammation simply means that the symptoms are not yet seen or obvious.
Antioxidants calm sub-clinical inflammation. Antioxidants are compounds found in foods or supplements that fight inflammation and free radicals at a cellular level.
There are Two Types of Inflammation
Inflammation can be caused by a cut, a bruise or some other injury. Inflammation creates swelling to heal a wound. This is called acute inflammation. This is usually a temporary condition, and poses no serious health risks.
The role of the inflammatory response is to go after intruding viruses. Problems can begin when inflammation attacks perfectly healthy tissues. Your inflammatory response is treating its very own tissues as the enemy. That is what we are going to focus on today. Why is it that our bodies brutally attack and assault perfectly healthy cells, and what can we do to stop it.
Click here on an extensive article from Medical News Today about the causes of inflammation.
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So How Do I Stop Inflammation?
There are many highly inflammatory foods. Foods containing a heavy saturation of omega-6s are found in processed meats, refined sugars, flours, and many other types of processed foods.
Although we need Omega 6s in our diets, an imbalance towards too many Omega-6s causes very dangerous, chronic inflammation within our tissues. When following your anti inflammatory diet, remove processed foods.
Whole foods do not cause inflammation. Whole foods still have most, if not all of the original nutrients nature intended. When foods are heavily processed, they cause massive inflammation within our bodies and disrupt the immune system.
For individuals following our hair loss diet, the foods you will be linked to are naturally anti-inflammatory. So if you follow the general hair loss food guide, you will automatically be within the hair loss diet guidelines.
Apples, melon and pears, beans and legumes such as black beans or lentils. cumin, garlic and ginger, old fashioned oats or steel cut oats, eggs, salmon, tuna and other types of protein, vegetables, nuts and seeds, green tea, seafood, olives
Examples of Foods That Cause Inflammation:
There is a classification of vegetables called night shade vegetables. Certain individuals have an inflammatory response to these vegetables. These vegetables include tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes and peppers. Nightshade vegetables have a strong link to joint pain.
Cancer: Chronic, low grade inflammation plays a critical role in the development of cancer. Inflammation causes DNA irregularities that have been linked to many different types of cancer, including prostate cancer and breast cancer.
Asthma: Inflammation has been linked to asthma. In Lick The Sugar Habit, by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., she declared that all of her asthmatic symptoms completely disappeared when she removed sugar and processed foods from her diet. She explains that asthma is the body's immune system overreacting to dust and other allergens.
Many times, allergens come from different types of unacceptable foods that our bodies do not understand. Asthma is caused by the immune system turning on the body it's supposed to be protecting. This extreme immune response is abnormal.
My Asthma Story: For most of my life, I had mild to moderate asthma. I was even hospitalized for it once. I'd wake up at night with a suffocating tightness in my chest. When I gave up sugar and processed foods, every single one of my asthmatic symptoms disappeared.
About a month after quitting processed foods and sugar, one day I realized that I no longer needed my sneezing tissue that I always kept by my bed. No more inhalers, either. My asthma and allergies have not since returned.
Arthritis: More than 70 percent of older Americans have some type of arthritis. Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation. The suffix itis means inflammation. The root word arthro means joint. So if we're referring to arthritis, it means joint inflammation.
There are different forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, and gout are the most common types of arthritis. Inflammation is a direct contributor to arthritis.
Heart Disease: Inflammation plays a strong role in heart disease. Heart disease is created by inflamed tissues within the cell walls. Click here for foods for a healthy heart.
Hair Loss: Inflammation has a very strong connection to hair loss. An inflammatory reaction can actually cause the hair to loosen and shed.
Multiple Sclerosis: Inflammation can aggravate or cause multiple sclerosis. Researchers have discovered that multiple sclerosis' devastating effects are caused by massive inflammation. People with multiple sclerosis need to be especially careful to eat an anti-inflammatory diet to control symptoms.
Crohn's Disease: Crohn's Disease is inflammation within the intestines. Crohn's Disease is the result of the body mistakenly attacking intruding its own tissues. As a result, you may experience bleeding, skin problems, lethargy or exhaustion.
Ulcerative Colitis and leaky gut syndrome are bowel conditions related to inflammation. In tests, when individuals followed an anti inflammatory diet, these conditions disappeared. Ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease are directly linked to colon cancer
What is the Inflammation Factor?
The Inflammation Factor or IF was started at the University of Massachusetts in 2009. SelfNutritionData.com has a chart that gives you the the IF or Inflammation Factor of a food.
High blood sugar is the leading cause of inflammation.
Low GI Foods prevent inflammation by lowering blood sugar.