EatingWell Anti-Inflammation

EatingWell Anti-Inflammation

Inflammation contributes to every major chronic condition, from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. Under normal circumstances, some inflammation is a good thing: It’s your body’s natural protective response to an illness or injury. This special edition from EatingWell presents the research-driven science surrounding the body’s inflammatory response, along with what to eat to help stave off the side effects. Here, doctors weigh in on their secrets to taming inflammation, and what lesser-known symptoms to look out for. Plus: Researchers break down the many ways that inflammation intersects with sleep, stress, weight and skin conditions. This edition also includes recipes that highlight anti-inflammatory ingredients, and some pantry staples and spices that can keep inflammation at bay.

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6 min
the hidden health factor

Since the beginnings of modern medicine, inflammation has been understood to be a good thing—the result of the body’s amazing capacity to heal itself. Inflammation is the way the body responds to infections and injuries, with the immune system releasing white blood cells and other factors to fight off invading pathogens and speed healing. But in recent years, science has revealed a more dangerous side to inflammation, when the immune system is turned up too high or lingers too long—a condition known as chronic inflammation. Also called systemic inflammation, it’s when white blood cells and their chemical messengers remain on alert at a low level, causing quiet but persistent damage that can lead to other diseases. In fact, more than half of all deaths worldwide can be attributed to an inflammation-related…

11 min
a systemic response

Inflammation is a hard concept to get your head around. After all, doctors aren’t exactly in the habit of handing out inflammation diagnoses. There’s no American Inflammation Society. There are no walks to raise money for inflammation research; there’s no special colored ribbon to honor those who are suffering. Still, a 2019 report in the journal Nature Medicine noted that disease related to chronic inflammation is the most significant cause of mortality today, accounting for half of all deaths worldwide. The researchers stated that prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of severe chronic inflammation would greatly reduce those numbers. But how do we go about preventing a condition that so many of us still don’t really understand? The answer: we learn more. Here, what you need to know. Inflammation Starts Off as a…

4 min
eight sneaky signs you could have inflammation

What are the signs of low-grade, chronic inflammation? Unfortunately, there’s not a clear-cut checklist, and the reason stems from the fact that early symptoms are subtle, vague and often something you could attribute to a variety of causes. Yet it’s important to be aware of potential signs so that initial chronic inflammation doesn’t stick around to push the body toward a more serious health issue. Here are eight sneaky signs that you may have inflammation—plus what to do about it. 1. Your Joints Hurt or Are Stiff A little tightness or tenderness in muscles and joints following changes to workouts or daily activity is normal, and it’s a healthy type of inflammation that dissipates. What’s not so normal is subtle pain and stiffness that continues (and that you can’t trace to anything…

6 min
the weight connection

If you’ve put on more than a few pounds, chances are that the cause is deeper than eating too much junk food or skipping one too many workouts. Chronic, low-grade inflammation that swells in the body may be to blame for this gain. And the relationship is cyclical. Weight and inflammation go hand in hand, and working to maintain a healthy weight through diet, exercise, sleep and stress management can help tame inflammatory markers. Inflammation comes in two varieties: acute and chronic. Most of us are accustomed to acute inflammation, such as after sustaining an injury. This temporary response doesn’t serve as a catalyst for serious health problems. It actually protects the body. Chronic inflammation manifests as a slow burn in the body. “Inflammation is designed so once your body needs some…

6 min
what do dietitians do to fight inflammation?

When it comes to fighting off chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and simply feeling good day after day, reducing inflammation and stress in the body can significantly improve your outcomes. “Inflammation is an immune response by our body that is meant to protect us from intruders (like a virus) and heal us from injury and stress. When inflammation happens in response to something like a cut, it’s a good thing and will help our body heal,” says Kelsey Lorencz, R.D.N. But when inflammation is chronic over a long period, the effects can be damaging. The immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking healthy tissues as long as the stressor persists. But everyone experiences some type of stress and inflammation—even dietitians. So we asked six dietitians what they do…

7 min
bedfellows: lack of sleep and inflammation

For a great many Americans—some 35% of us, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—getting a good night’s sleep is just a dream, alas. The reality, according to survey after survey, is that the number of hours we spend sleeping has been shrinking in recent years. In fact, according to the CDC, this collective dearth of sleep is currently at epidemic proportions. Moreover, we all have our own ways of coming up short on shut-eye. Some of us have erratic, unpredictable sleep; we might lose most or all of a night for various reasons. Others are more consistent but not in good ways; we seem to habitually experience shortened or poor-quality sleep. Toss in shift work, chronic health issues—physical as well as mental—recurring stress, even relentless nightmares, and you…