Acute Inflammation in the body is a normal and healthy response to injury or attack by germs. We can see it, feel it and measure it as local heat, redness, swelling, and pain. This is the body’s way of getting more nourishment and more immune activity into an area that needs to fend off infection or heal. However, once inflammation becomes chronic, it becomes out of control and can lower the level of pro-resolution molecules in the body, which we see when the immune system mistakenly targets the body’s own tissues in (autoimmune) diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Whole-body inflammation refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. Mounting evidence suggests that over time this kind of inflammation sets the foundation for many serious, age-related diseases including arthritis, obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Inflammation is the source of these diseases and countless others. In fact, Recent evidence indicates that whole-body inflammation may also contribute to psychological disorders, especially depression
So what is the solution?
The extent of this chronic inflammation is influenced by genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, too much stress, and exposure to environmental toxins such as secondhand tobacco smoke. However, your diet has a huge impact, so much so that I believe that most people in our part of the world go through life in a pro-inflammatory state as a result of what they eat. Studies have shown that as many as 95% of us are mineral and micronutrient deficient.
I’m convinced that the single most important thing you can do to counter chronic inflammation and obesity is to stop eating refined, processed and manufactured foods and correctly supplement missing minerals and vitamins in your body,
Supplements such as fish oil have been found to fight chronic inflammation. This stems from its high content of omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists at the University of San Diego publish a study revealing that not only do high levels of omega-3’s combat acute inflammation, but also resolve it as soon as it is triggered.
Try adding healthy omega-3 packed fish into your diet. Sardines, tuna mackerel and wild caught salmon all have great levels. Taking high quality fish oil pills, or eating other foods high in omega-3’s can also help fight the symptoms of inflammation as you age.
You can also try our anti-inflammatory diet that is backed by scientific testing and proper nutrients. This isn’t a weight-loss diet (though you can lose weight if you follow it). Instead, it is designed to help you reduce chronic inflammation by eating fresh, healthy and delicious foods. One of the most important things the diet does is provide balanced amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids backed by the correct high quality supplements and sub-dermal minerals and micronutrients.
Most people consume an excess of omega-6 fatty acids, which the body uses to synthesize compounds that promote inflammation. You get a lot of omega 6 fatty acids from snack foods and fast foods. Omega-3 fatty acids – from oily fish, walnuts, flax, hemp and to a lesser degree canola oil and sea vegetables – have an anti-inflammatory effect. From this type of diet you get a wide variety of fresh foods daily, and healthy sweet treats such as dark chocolate (make sure it has a minimum content of 70 percent cocoa). Along with influencing inflammation, this diet will provide steady energy and ample vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, and protective phytonutrients. Call today and schedule your no obligation consultation. You and your body will be happy you did.
Dr. Will Miller Ph.D. (references: Dr. Weil, Dr. Mercola)