We speak often about this subject with our clients! Chronic inflammation (long-term inflammation) can be the root of all evil when it comes to cellular health. Acute inflammation (short term inflammation) is beneficial when you have a cut or injury that needs an inflammatory response to jump start the healing process. Inflammation becomes dangerous when it becomes a chronic inflammatory response in the body that starts damaging cells and tissue. There are more than 80 health conditions associated with acute and chronic inflammation. Some of the most common are:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Neurological Diseases
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
Harvard University scientific research shows that even low-grade chronic inflammation contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, and several other life-threatening diseases. In 2023, Harvard Medical School published Fighting Inflammation, a Special Health Report explaining the threat of chronic inflammation on your health. Interesting reading; I would recommend taking time to check it out.
Major contributors to chronic inflammation are consuming foods associated with the Standard American Diet such as:
- Saturated and trans fats found in animal and dairy products
- Processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup
- Highly processed foods
- Cooking oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soy and vegetable oil
- Artificial sweeteners and pesticides
Lifestyle contributors include:
- Not getting enough sleep
- Regular alcohol consumption
Eat to Beat Chronic Inflammation
Ways to reduce chronic inflammation include eating an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of antioxidants and fiber found in foods such as:
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower (rich sources of anti-inflammatory polyphenols and sulforaphane)
- Fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, bell peppers, mushrooms, grapes, cherries are all an abundant source of polyphenols
- Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazil nuts, all high in alpha-lino-lenic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory
Consuming these foods improves your chances of reducing chronic inflammation as does getting eight hours of sleep, reducing your alcohol intake, reducing stress, and moving your body regularly. These are all ways to improve your cellular health and reduce inflammation. Understanding chronic inflammation is critical to your health and quality of life. When you understand the cause, you can literally turn down the heat on inflammatory disease!
Nature has it right! Natural foods provide the anti-inflammatory life source that can help put you on the path TO TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH.