What if you had harmful inflammation but it wasn’t associated with pain?
What if it is the type of inflammation that you can’t even really feel but could be causing serious harm to your health?
Typically, when we think of inflammation we think of pain. We think of heat, redness, swelling but what we don’t think about is a type of internal inflammation that places your body under constant attack, slowly intensifying until you end up with a wide variety of chronic conditions.
Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D. and author of The Zone Diet describes this harmful inflammation as silent inflammation. Sears states that it is the most dangerous of all types of inflammation because you do nothing about it as it continues to attack your organs for years until enough accumulated damage occurs to produce a visible chronic disease. You can’t feel it but it is affecting your heart, your brain, and your immune system.
How Does Silent Inflammation Occur?
Inflammation, in general, occurs when your body tries to sequester microbial invaders or contain damage induced by injuries. Silent inflammation occurs similarly except that it is triggered by your food choices such as excessive consumption of cheap carbohydrates and cheap vegetable oils that make inflammatory hormones. Increased levels of toxic fat are the main culprits behind silent inflammation.
How do You Know if You Suffer from Silent Inflammation?
Dr. Sears suggests you ask yourself the following questions and if you answer “yes” to more than 3 you most likely have silent inflammation and will want to specific blood tests to confirm.
- Are you overweight?
- Are you taking a cholesterol-lowering drug?
- Are you groggy upon waking?
- Are you prone to stress?
- Are you constantly craving carbohydrates?
- Are you fatigued throughout the day?
- Are you especially hungry two hours after dinner?
- Are your fingernails brittle?
Modern medicine offers up a lifetime of anti-inflammatory drugs as the solution to treating silent inflammation. However, it is estimated that more people die each year in America from taking the correct dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs than die from AIDS. So perhaps you’d like a different alternative to reducing and preventing silent inflammation.
Calla Slimspa Medical Weight Loss and Dr. Sears’ Zone Diet are great solutions to reducing and preventing silent inflammation. By balancing glycemic load with the appropriate amount of protein at each meal coupled with restriction of the omega-6 fatty acids. Then you can greatly enhance the diet by supplementing your diet with high-dose fish oils. The diet/fish oil combination gives you a powerful dietary approach to greatly reduce silent inflammation and allow you to actually reverse the symptoms of chronic disease as you move back to a state of wellness.
Instead of using food as a way to satiate your taste buds, utilize food to keep you healthy and reduce and reverse the effects of silent inflammation.