Heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, kidney disease, obesity and macular degeneration all have chronic inflammation in common. When our body cannot control the inflammation, we get ourselves in trouble.
But, let's take a look backward first. Our bodies need an inflammatory response when we cut ourselves, or get burned or even when we have a sore throat. Our immune system is working to deliver what the body needs to heal from the wound. This is followed by a period that is anti-inflammatory and which allows full repair and regeneration to occur. When the process happens as it should, the inflammation will subside when it needs to.
If inflammation doesn't go away and keeps in the background at a low, almost indiscernible level, we now have chronic inflammation. Often we don't recognize that it is happening until the symptoms of disease catch up with us.
Some of the triggers for chronic inflammation include being older, even if we are healthy otherwise. Smoking, not getting an adequate amount of sleep, stress and obesity are all triggers as well.
The good news is that we can do something about this by eating better food. Stay away from processed and manufactured food products and focus on whole, fresh foods instead.
Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits (organic is always better), beans, legumes and whole grains. Mushrooms are also great for controlling inflammation. We need more Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet, which can be found in coldwater fish like Alaskan wild salmon and Alaskan black cod.
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