Inflammation is a normal bodily function for fighting infection and helping the body to heal when injured. We’ve all experienced the pain and swelling from a sprained ankle, a broken bone or a black eye. A cold pack or an anti-inflammatory drug reduces the swelling and discomfort while the body starts to heal. So how does this good guy ‘Inflammation’ turn bad?
When inflammation becomes invisible and chronic it’s gone to the dark side. This type of inflammation leads to all kinds of health problems including type 2 diabetes. Because it exists inside the body it is often less obvious and takes longer to diagnose. Scientists are only beginning to understand how it relates to diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Low-grade Chronic Inflammation
Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines are usually higher in people with type 2 diabetes as compared to people without diabetes. Elevated cytokines in fat tissue seem to be responsible for starting a vicious cycle of chronic low-grade inflammatory responses.
Inflammation changes the way insulin acts, leading to insulin resistance, which causes more inflammation. High blood sugar also triggers inflammation, which in turn damages blood vessels.
Chronic inflammation causes a lot of health problems. It seems to be both a cause and a result in how diabetes develops and is a significant contributing factor in diabetes complications. It plays a role in all major diseases like arthritis, some forms of cancer, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. Chronic inflammation is like a poison that is slowly destroying from within a body that is affected by it.
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
Many things can cause chronic internal inflammation including environmental chemicals, emotional stress, bacteria and viruses, allergies, poor diet, and obesity. Belly fat is responsible for inflammation around internal organs but it’s unknown whether the inflammation or the fat comes first. Too little or too much physical activity can also be a cause.
Naturally a chronically unhealthy diet full of white flours, sugars, and unhealthy fats will lead to chronic inflammation. Chronic physical and emotional stress will also perpetuate the body’s inflammatory response. Therefor the only real remedy for this bad guy is to restore him to his rightful place by making anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes like improving diet and exercise habits and losing weight.
Reducing Inflammation through Diet and Exercise
According to many sources, omega-3 fatty acids produce chemicals that work to calm down inflammation. This type of “good fat” can be found in fish oils, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and canola oil. Other beneficial fats that are not omega-3 include olive oil, avocado and nuts, rice bran oil, grape seed oil, and walnut oil. All fats should be used in moderation, like 2 tablespoons a day regardless of whether you are cooking with it or eating nuts and seeds.
Ginger root and turmeric have recently gained notoriety for being strong anti-inflammatories. There was even a study of how Ginger affects blood glucose, which showed promising results in managing blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The current “clean diet” craze is basically intended to rid the body of toxins and irritants that lead to high inflammatory response and disease.
Moderate exercise, like walking, gentle yoga, tai chi, low impact dancing or aerobics, and swimming can reduce inflammation. Practices such as breathing exercises, relaxation, prayer and meditation can improve overall health by reducing stress and encouraging a holistic self-care lifestyle.
SUGARDOWN can help you tame that bad guy
By reducing the impact of high carb foods and sugar in your diet, SUGARDOWN can help you transition to a healthier lifestyle with less inflammation. SUGARDOWN helps to prevent post-meal blood glucose spikes which in turn can lead to a reduced probability of exaggerated inflammatory response. By reducing the amount of carbs and calories that are digested SUGARDOWN also helps promote weight loss.
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