Inflamitory Fooods

April 26, 2018

What is inflammation?

Acute inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself from infection. But when that response is prolonged, it leads to chronic inflammation, a sign that the immune system is stuck in overdrive. Some common causes of this condition are:

  • Stress
  • Environmental toxins
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor digestive health

There is no definitive test to diagnose chronic inflammation, but Dr. Frank Lipman recommends testing the levels of C-reactive protein (a pro-inflammatory marker released by the liver into the bloodstream) in your blood to distinguish if inflammation might be your issue. Aside from going to the doctor for a blood test, there are some everyday warning signs that might indicate chronic inflammation, like:

  • Frequent hot flashes
  • Red, itchy skin
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Weight gain
  • Bloat
  • Digestive issues
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia)
  • Autoimmune diseases (Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis)