Submitted by Dr. Molly Hembree (MS, RD, LD)
There is a negative connotation attached to the term “inflammation”. If anything, it’s a sign of ill health because of the pain, swelling, and diseases it’s been linked to so far. Acute inflammation and chronic inflammation are the two types of inflammation recognized in healthcare, and there are some significant differences between the two.
Healing of damaged body tissue characterizes acute inflammation. As a result of injury, irritation or infection, acute inflammation can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Symptoms like redness, swelling, heat, and soreness may be present in the affected area as damaged tissue is addressed and new tissue is synthesized during this type of inflammatory process. This is a normal physiologic response to the body’s exposure to physical stress and the subsequent need for repair.
On the other hand, chronic inflammation is an indicator of a breakdown in homeostasis, which contributes to disease progression, as stated in this review in the British Journal of Nutrition. When there is no real trigger, but inflammation is still activated, the body’s physiologic response goes haywire. Inflammation that persists for a long period of time tends to be mild or “low-grade” in nature. People who suffer from a wide range of diseases such as heart disease and the metabolic syndrome as well as diabetes type 2 and obesity are at an increased risk of developing chronic inflammation.
An anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes (peas and beans), whole grains, and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids is one method of prevention. These top five anti-inflammatory fruits have been studied for their potential inflammatory-fighting benefits. To learn more about how to eat healthily, be sure to avoid these 100 of the most unhealthy foods on the planet as you continue reading this article.
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