Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it’s your body’s natural way to defend and protect itself when it’s injured or ill. Inflammation can even help your body to protect itself from foreign bodies and also kick start the healing process. Inflammation becomes a problem when it is sustained and chronic – that’s when it becomes a danger to your body. Here’s all you need to know about inflammation and what you can do to make sure your body’s inflammatory response isn’t chronic.
The Results of Chronic Inflammation
If your body has a sustained and chronic inflammatory response then it can lead to many health problems, including:
- Heart disease
Researchers are still trying to discover how chronic inflammation is related to disease processes in the body, but there is something you can do about it in the meantime and it’s linked to your diet. There are certain foods that are known to increase your body’s inflammatory response so you need to be aware of them and either eliminate or cut back on them.
Table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are processed by your body in the same exact way and are basically identical on a molecular level. The National Institute of Health has reported that research in mice has found that sugar and HFCS block the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Diets high in these ingredients also drive your body’s inflammatory response and that can lead to insulin resistance, the first stop on the way type 2 diabetes. Be aware of the products in which these are found and try to keep your intake to a minimum.
It’s no secret that trans fats are really bad for you. Trans fats are so bad for you that the FDA has recommended that you monitor your intake of it in your diet and try to eliminate artificial trans fats. Some trans fats are found naturally in things such as meat, milk and milk products since they are found in the gut of grazing animals. Other trans fats are created during food processing and these are the ones you want to avoid. Look for partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients lists of the food you’re eating to help you avoid it. Trans fats have been linked to increased inflammation, especially in the lining of your circulatory system. That can lead to heart disease.
Excessive alcohol intake can lead to problems, including an increased inflammatory response. Moderate alcohol consumption is known to have some health benefits, but be aware that the more alcohol you consume the higher your body’s inflammatory markers.
If you need more guidance about food that may be leading to chronic inflammation, talk to your chiropractor. The Joint has a local office that offers no hassle policies that include no insurance and no appointments.
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