An Unhealthy Lifestyle Can Drive Inflammation

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Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defends itself from harm. Unfortunately, it can sometimes run wild and become chronic. Chronic inflammation can last for a long time — weeks, months or years — and may lead to various health problems. Inflammation is often characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes pain and some immobility.

Certain lifestyle factors can promote inflammation, especially when they occur on a regular basis. Consuming high amounts of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is particularly bad. It can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Consuming refined carbs, such as white bread, can also contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance, and obesity.

Eating processed and packaged foods that contain trans fats have also been shown to promote inflammation and damage the endothelial cells that line your arteries. Vegetable oils used in many kinds of processed foods are another culprit. Consuming them regularly results in an imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which leads to inflammation.

Excessive intake of alcohol also has inflammatory effects on the body. People who drink heavily often develop problems with bacteria moving out of the colon and into the body. This condition, often called “leaky gut,” can drive widespread inflammation that leads to organ damage.

Processed meat (sausage, bacon, ham, smoked meat and beef jerky) contains more advanced glycation end products (AGEs) than most other meats. AGEs are formed by cooking meats and some other foods at high temperatures. They are known to cause inflammatory changes that can lead to disease. Of all the diseases linked to processed meat consumption, colon cancer’s association is the strongest.

A major non-dietary factor that can also promote inflammation is, of course, an inactive lifestyle that includes a lot of sitting.

Brief Summary:

Eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol or sugary beverages, and getting little physical activity all drive inflammation.

Sources & References:
alivebynature.com
www.livescience.com
www.healthline.com
www.dovepress.com
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.tandfonline.com
onlinelibrary.wiley.com

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image source: Pixabay Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defends itself from harm. Unfortunately, it can sometimes run wild and become chronic. Chronic inflammation can last for a long time — weeks, months or years — and may lead to various health problems. Inflammation is...
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