What is inflammation in the body

Silent inflammation - the hidden enemy in our body

Not really sick, but also not really fit? Secret inflammations put a strain on our body, often without us noticing. We'll explain what you can do about it.

  • Silent inflammation can smolder in our body for a long time and put a strain on our immune system and organs.

  • Some foods can cause inflammation, especially sugar, white flour, and pork.

  • On the other hand, certain nutrients neutralize the harmful radicals caused by inflammation, e.g. B. Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A as well as phytochemicals.

Silent inflammations go on for a long time without symptoms

No reddening in the tissue of the skin, no swelling, no wound - the silent inflammation does not make us sit up and take notice like an infection caused by fever, pain or throbbing. It burns slowly like a smoldering fire and spreads in our body. Silent inflammations run for a long time without symptoms and are not always noticeable even when our blood is examined. Only after a while does it become noticeable with few specific symptoms, such as fatigue, tiredness or a general feeling of illness.

The problem with this: the hidden inflammations play a role in more diseases than we think. In the meantime, medical professionals understand better and better to what extent chronic inflammation can promote diseases - from narrowing of the arteries to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

One cause: sugar, white flour, meat

What we eat and how much we eat are two crucial building blocks for counteracting chronic inflammation. Because it is undisputed that our modern lifestyle can promote the permanent alarm in our body: convenience foods, foods rich in sugar, meat and white flour really fuel flaring inflammations.

There is no question that permanently increased inflammation values ​​harm us. Because if harmful stimuli are constantly circulating in our body, our immune system is permanently in a defensive position and tries to counteract it. An immune system in constant alarm - it is easy to imagine that it is not healthy and that it is draining.

Much evidence suggests that the body's own fat deposits play a role in the escalating defense reactions. The fatty tissue on the stomach in particular produces a lot of inflammatory substances, considerably more than the fat on the hips and bottom.

Increases inflammation: fine dust, nicotine, environmental toxins

And even those who are slim and athletic can be affected by silent inflammation. Because environmental toxins, fine dust and nicotine fuel inflammation, as do pesticide residues. Artificial additives and preservatives can damage our intestines and thus additionally irritate our immune system, after all, the intestine also produces many immune substances.

What exactly happens with a silent inflammation? In the fight against inflammation, our immune system releases aggressive radicals. These not only fight pathogens of all kinds (e.g. bacteria and viruses). They can also attack our fabrics. If the inflammation persists for a long time, this can result in change the inner walls of our blood vessels - a first harbinger of cardiovascular diseases. The longer the inflammation lasts, the more likely it becomes that our cells will be attacked. Inflammation can also occur in the brain. Some researchers suggest a connection with depression.

Vegetables and herbs yes, sugar and meat no

Occasionally a little sugar or baguette certainly doesn't do any harm, but unfortunately they are far too often on our dining table. They really fire up the sources of inflammation. Especially when there is no balance through healthy, anti-inflammatory opponents.

Unfortunately, in our stressful everyday life, less and less fresh, healthy food ends up in our shopping trolleys. Scientists at the German Institute for Nutritional Research have investigated how a plant-based diet affects inflammatory reactions in our body. The result: anyone who switched their diet to a plant-based diet was able to significantly reduce the inflammatory substances in their blood, especially if they were overweight.

The best nutrition for our well-being therefore looks like this:

  • Antioxidants: A plant-based, alkaline diet is certainly a good basis against inflammation. Because in order to counteract the destruction caused by radicals, our body needs antioxidants, e.g. B. Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A as well as phytochemicals. They catch free radicals that burden us with existing inflammation. Fresh vegetables, fruits and, above all, herbs and spices are particularly rich in natural antioxidants. Ideal: three handfuls of fresh vegetables a day - as raw vegetables, soup or steamed as a side dish - with plenty of fresh herbs and spices such as parsley and ginger, supplemented by 1 to 2 servings of fruit e.g. B. berries or apples.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Sweet, white flour and especially meat are full of inflammatory ingredients. Pork in particular contains many inflammatory substances and further heats up the immune system. Arachidonic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid. A healthy alternative is fish, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The healthy fats are an immunological opponent of arachidonic acid. Flaxseed oil also contains a particularly large number of the healthy omega-3 fats.

  • Fermented: Probiotic foods like fermented vegetables and yogurt have an impact on the bacterial community in our intestines - an important part of our immune system. A healthy intestinal flora can therefore help to relieve a derailed immune system.

  • Vitamin D, Selenium and Zinc: Our immune system needs a variety of nutrients to function properly. In addition to selenium, zinc and vitamin B2, vitamin D is also important, especially in the dark season. Our body can produce it itself, but only if our skin receives sufficient sunlight. Mushrooms, eggs and fish also provide vitamin D.

Gum Inflammation From Triggers?

Acute inflammation such as B. an actually local reaction of the gums or a purulent inflammation of the skin can trigger a chronic inflammation. After the four typical symptoms have passed in the affected areas (heat, redness, swelling, pain), such inflammations do not always heal completely. Sometimes the inflammation continues to glow in a hidden place - and can flare up again after a while. Whether we manage to "erase" them completely also depends on whether we get enough anti-inflammatories in our diet.

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