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Inflammation is a very unique beast. Our body’s incredible immune response to outside pathogens, germs, hurts and bruises comes in a form of inflammation. It is a positive and normal way to protect our health from inside out. It is a smart system that evolved millions of years. What we have is a beautiful way Mother Nature has given us to live our lives.

However, sometimes that same inflammation becomes an ongoing thing in our body. Too much of goodness in this very case can be damaging to our systems and our health. An ongoing inflammation develops into chronic inflammation and manifests itself through many diseases. In cases  like rheumatoid arthritis, you feel heat, pain, redness, and swelling. But in other cases – like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes – it’s not so obvious, at least in the beginning.

Inflammation starts for different reasons. Doctors recommend whole foods and active lifestyle as preventative measures, as well as when the inflammation has been pinned as one of the diseases.

Here are some references to other AM Coffee days when we discussed inflammation.

Herbs & Spices that Reduce Inflammation
Foods That Fight Inflammation
Inflammation & Its Effects On Our Body

Let’s visit some of the discussion points that could enrich our understanding about this beast inflammation.

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  1. Laura, Celebrate Woman Today says:

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    In this life, there’s not a single day lived without inflammation. A slight thing off in our body – it sends her “armies” to fight the places compromised in the events of living this life. Immune system response is adequate when we do not abuse it with overeating, sedentary lifestyle, fats, sugars, artificial colors and flavors, pollutants in water and air and a gazillion ways in addition.

    This is life. And we gotta live it. Being aware of what’s lurking on both sides – INSIDE AND OUTSIDE – could greatly increase our chances to catch things going wrong and address them in a timely manner. Inflammation is one of them.

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    Inflammation: Could It Lead to a Heart Attack?

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    Inflamed arteries are common among people with heart disease. Some researchers think that when fats build up in the walls of the heart’s coronary arteries, the body fires back with inflammatory chemicals, since it sees this as an “injury” to the heart. That could trigger a blood clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.

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    Inflammation And Its CONNECTIONS

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    DIABETES

    Inflammation and type 2 diabetes are linked. Doctors don’t know yet if it causes the disease. Some experts say obesity triggers the inflammation, which makes it harder for the body to use insulin. That may be one reason why losing extra pounds and keeping them off is a key step to lower your chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

    Alzheimer’s

    Chronic brain inflammation is often seen in people with this type of dementia. Scientists don’t yet understand exactly how that works, but inflammation may play an active role in the disease. Experts are studying whether anti-inflammatory medicine will curb Alzheimer’s. So far, the results are mixed.

    GUT

    Chronic inflammation is tied to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are types of inflammatory bowel disease. It happens when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy bacteria in your gut, and causes inflammation that sticks around. You could have symptoms such as belly pain, cramping, and diarrhea.

    Fibromyalgia

    This condition can cause pain, tenderness, and fatigue, but not because of inflammation. Unlike in RA, inflammation doesn’t attack the joints in fibromyalgia. Someone who has fibro could have inflammation in their body from another illness. But it’s not driving their fibro.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis

    What many people think of as “arthritis” is osteoarthritis, in which the tissue that cushions joints, cartilage, breaks down, particularly as people age. Rheumatoid arthritis is different. In RA, the immune system attacks your body’s joints, causing inflammation that can harm them — and even the heart. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and red, warm, swollen joints.

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    Why Inflammation Happens Fast?

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    Sometimes inflammation strikes suddenly when your body is fighting an infection. Maybe it’s cellulitis, a skin infection, or appendicitis, which affects your appendix. You’ll need to see your doctor to get the right treatment quickly.

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    What Can Be Done When Inflammation Strikes?

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    The types of food you eat affect how much inflammation you have. Get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, tuna, and sardines), and healthier oils, like olive oil.

    Also eat foods with probiotics, like yogurt (just check that it doesn’t have too much sugar). Limit saturated fats, found in meats, whole-fat dairy products, and processed foods.

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    Exercise

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    Even if you have a condition like RA, in which inflammation is a problem, exercise is still good for you. If you make it a habit, it pays off in many ways. For instance, it helps you stick to a healthy weight, which is another good way to keep inflammation in check. Ask your doctor what types of activities are best for you.

    Movement is Life. Even low pace activity helps to low fight inflammation.

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    Get More Sleep!

    Mom was right: You need to get your rest. Research shows that when healthy people are sleep-deprived, they have more inflammation. Exactly how that works isn’t clear, but it may be related to metabolism. It’s one more reason to make sleep a priority!

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    Smoking Makes Inflammation Worse

    Smoking makes it so much harder for the body to fight inflammation in the body. The body has already gotten all that stuff to deal with and clear out the attack on your well-being. But when smoking is added… WOW, it basically beats the immune system on its head with a baton for something that it tries to do. NOPE, it won’t help.

    Lighting up is a sure-fire way to raise inflammation. Like most people who try to kick the habit, it may take you several tries before you quit for good – but keep trying! Tell your doctor it’s a goal and ask for her advice.

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    Supplements & Inflammation: Do They Work Together?

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    The omega-3s in fish such as salmon and tuna can dial down inflammation. Fish oil can help, too. People who are low on vitamin D also tend to have more inflammation than others. It’s not yet clear if taking more vitamin D fixes that. Remember, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor first.

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    Spices And Inflammation

    Ginger root has anti-inflammation perks. So do cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and turmeric (which gives curry powder its orange-yellow color). Scientists are studying how much it takes to make a difference. These spices are safe to enjoy in foods. If you want to try them in supplements, ask your doctor first. She can check on whether they might affect any medicines you take or conditions you have.

    Take a look at this AM Coffee discussion on spices and herbs that help with inflammation.

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