Do you have chronic inflammation?
We’ve all been there – you cut your finger, stub your toe or burn your arm pulling something out of the oven. Our body’s natural response to healing the above injuries include acute inflammation which is a powerful burst of white blood cells rushing in to try to repair the damage. But what happens if those infection fighting cells become confused and begin a relentless attack on healthy tissue? This is called chronic inflammation and doctors now believe that over time, this silent condition may cause or contribute to multiple diseases including arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, celiac and heart disease.
Just like there are classic symptoms to acute inflammation in the body – heat, pain, redness, swelling and loss of function – there are also clues when chronic inflammation is present. But these clues may not be as obvious. While there are lab tests that may help assess what is happening internally, your body may be giving other signs as well.
Do you have any of these possible clues or signs?
Pain may manifest as aches in muscles and joints, or as pain just getting out of bed in the morning.
Allergies such as congestion, sinusitis, red and itchy eyes, swelling / irritation of the airway, frequent infections and even asthma may be caused by inflammation.
If you frequently have a puffy face with bags under your eyes, it may be due to inflammation causing fluid build up in the facial tissue. This may also be attributed to sinusitis (see above) where pockets in the face become blocked and filled with fluid – another example of internal inflammation showing up on the outside. A puffy face may also indicate a medical emergency.
Fatigue and feeling tired all the time can be caused by insomnia or poor quality of sleep. Inflamed cells can’t produce the energy required to get through your day.
Stomach issues can include acid reflux, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. “Leaky gut” syndrome is considered to be one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation throughout the body.
Some scientists believe that brain chemistry can be affected by inflammation which can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain.
Periodontal disease like gum disease and mouth sores may be external clues that there is internal inflammation.
Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and skin outbreaks/rashes are another external indicator of inflammation within the body. Studies have shown there is a link between psoriasis and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Stubborn excess fat around the middle, also known as a spare tire or love handles, indicates the underlying presence of visceral fat deep inside the body. This unhealthy fat consists of inflamed white blood cells and can trigger a cycle of increasing blood sugar levels that cause visceral fat cells to increase.
Researchers have discovered abdominal fat (see above) causes chronic low levels of inflammation that change how insulin reacts. This leads to a cycle of inflammation causing insulin resistance, which raises blood sugar levels, and can result in Type 2 diabetes.
Use the inflammatory checklist to uncover how many inflammatory factors are currently affecting your life and whether an anti-inflammatory diet could make a difference in your health.
If you believe you may be suffering from chronic inflammation, talk with your doctor. These symptoms could also be the result of other underlying conditions.
Combat inflammation with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle
The good news is that there are ways to combat inflammation. While you may have heard the latest buzz about an “anti-inflammatory diet,” there is also an anti-inflammatory lifestyle that can help battle inflammation. In addition to diet modifications, this lifestyle includes reducing emotional stress, the use of key supplements, making sleep a priority, exercise and more. We are happy to help provide a focused path to healing based on your doctor’s recommendations, your symptoms and your needs. Enroll in The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass. This course will give you everything you need to understand how to reduce excess inflammation and live a delicious, healthy lifestyle!
We will share a recipe from Feed Your Vitality (our previous Paleo meal delivery company) and The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass to get you started.
Chicken Zucchini Meatballs
- 1 lb ground chicken turkey or lean beef
- 1 egg
- 1 cup zucchini shredded and dried
- 2 Tbsp almond flour
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- ½ tsp pepper or to taste
- ½ cup marinara sauce no added sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients, except for the marinara sauce, until well combined. Shape into medium sized meatballs. Use a cookie scoop if you like uniformity in size.
- Place meatballs in an oven-proof baking dish. Pour marinara sauce over the top. Bake for 45 minutes.
- Serve with a garden salad or side dish of your choice. Or, make a larger batch and serve as an appetizer.
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