Inflammation is a Major Cause for Aging

More correlation between inflammation and aging has been proven over the last decade of research. The body creates inflammatory responses to help it heal when you sprain your ankle, however inflammation can create arthritic conditions and speed up the aging process. When inflammation persists for no specific reason it damages healthy tissue and causes illness.

Inflammation is a Major Cause for Aging

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So if you are surprised that you put on a few extra pounds after a long weekend of eating pleasure foods it is most likely the water retention, swelling, and bloating more than fat. But do not be fooled. The main health concern of eating inflammatory foods is that our bodies try to counteract these foods by producing inflammatory chemicals that magnify fat cells at a greater rate than normal. When this happens day-to-day, on a regular basis, you have a higher risk of inflammation-related diseases and the magnified extra weight is harder to lose.

Diseases caused by inflammation and excess weight

Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune disorders like Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Systemic (low-level) inflammation occurs gradually without warning and also contributes to asthma, allergies, depression and osteoporosis.

Inflammatory foods to avoid

Refined grains, dairy, legumes, sugars, alcohol, trans fats, and cooking oil are all inflammatory foods. Most people are aware that beans (legumes) cause bloating and gas. This same effect occurs after consuming alcohol causing hangovers or swelling of the brain. The high sugar content of alcohol, sodas and snacks all contribute to inflammation. Many grains are good for lowering cholesterol but refined grains can cause systemic inflammation too.

The best advice is to eat a healthy balance of various food groups. Sure we all love eating our favorite sugary treats from time to time but try eating more anti-inflammatory foods to counteract them.

Broccoli, salmon, extra virgin olive oil, blueberries, and sweet potatoes are all great anti-inflammatory foods. So if your ring finger is swollen, keep in mind that you may want to eat more vegetables, fruit and certain fish.


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