Health Anti-Inflammation

Health Anti-Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s vital natural defense system, protecting us from threats such as illness and injury. However, too much can be catastrophic. This special edition of Health explores the root causes and effects of inflammation, including a roadmap to inflammation, the connection to weight management, and anti-inflammatory exercises and meals for any day of the week.

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4 min
a balanced body

INFLAMMATION WAS NOT the word of 2020—several others come to mind, and none would suffice—but it certainly had a place in the conversation. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the powerful link between our body’s inflammatory response and our health. Scientists have spent decades unraveling the mystery of inflammation—how it can help us, and when and why it brings pain and illness. At its root, inflammation serves a critical purpose. “Inflammation is an essential part of the regeneration and healing process in the body,” says Amir Nobakht, MD, an osteoarthritis researcher in Lancaster, California. “It’s when that initial inflammation goes unchecked and proceeds longer than is intended that we get the destructive effects.” This sets people up for health problems. “Chronic low-level inflammation is the underlying cause of weight gain, early development of various…

10 min
understanding inflammation

SAY YOU’RE ON a walk and you trip over an uneven section of pavement. By the time you hobble home, your ankle doesn’t just hurt—it’s also red and swollen, and you can hardly move it. Debilitating as these classic inflammation symptoms can be, your bright red, puffy foot is actually a good sign. Your body is working on healing your injury, and soon you’ll be back to your morning walks. But this is just one instance of inflammation. To understand inflammation—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and how to deal with it, read on. What Triggers It? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) classifies inflammation as your immune system’s response to an irritant, from an everyday injury to a serious infection and everything in between. Inflammatio, the Latin root of inflammation, means…

8 min
the weight cycle

FIRST THING IN the morning, you get up, brush your teeth, wash your face, and maybe step on the scale. You go about your day, then check the scale again following dinner; this time, the number is three pounds higher. No, you didn’t magically gain three pounds of fat throughout the day—that would be next to impossible. Rather, chronic inflammation is to blame for the sneaky weight change. According to Dr. Alka Gupta, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, low-grade chronic inflammation can allow fluid from your blood vessels to seep into your tissues, which then manifests as weight gain through water retention. So you haven’t really gained weight when the number on the scale changes so suddenly. This is just one…

3 min
the genetic link

THERE IS A STRONG interrelationship between how our cells function, how our genes are expressed, our environment, our microbiome, inflammation and chronic disease. Cells—trillions of them—are the building blocks of each and every one of us as living organisms. What keeps our cells functioning appropriately (i.e. preventing disease) is providing them with the proper nutrients and avoiding insults from toxins in our environment. Our cells also contain our individual genetic makeup, or DNA. We are all individuals, made up of unique sets of genes and characteristics. What makes each of us even more distinctive is that our diet, lifestyle, and environment can combine to determine whether our genes manifest into good health or poor. To some degree, we’re able to choose to create a body that is either disease resistant or inflammation prone. Your…

10 min
the many forms of arthritis

IF THE WORD ARTHRITIS brings to mind the image of an older person with achy knees whose joint-cushioning cartilage has eroded with the wear and tear of age, you’d have the right mental picture…partly. That describes osteoarthritis, the most common type, which affects 32.5 million adults in the U.S. Like all diseases that end in “itis,” it can cause inflammation. But there are actually more than 100 kinds of arthritis and related conditions (who knew?), which cause joint pain and suffering in an additional 22 million people—many of whom are under 60. And most types fall into a category known as inflammatory arthritis, since inflammation is the main source of the problem, says Karmela Kim Chan, MD, a rheumatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Hospital for Special Surgery in New York…

4 min
the impact of rheumatoid arthritis

OFTEN MISTAKEN for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a distinct autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. Along with joint pain and swelling, about 4 out of 10 people with RA have related problems in other parts of their bodies, says Eric Matteson, MD, professor emeritus and former chair of the Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. RA can decrease life expectancy, but “with modern therapies, we are seeing less rheumatoid disease outside of the joints, and patients are living longer,” Dr. Matteson says. Here, we explain different possible effects of RA and what helps to address the symptoms. 1 Joints WHAT HAPPENS: Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in the small joints of the hands and feet but can progress to other parts of the body. Pain is often…