We already know what an anti-inflammatory diet is and what it is for, but how do we know if we have an inflamed body? What are the most common symptoms of chronic inflammation of the body? Keep reading, we explain it to you.
We normally associate the term inflammation with some type of response from our body (usually in the form of redness, swelling, heat or so) to an ‘attack’ be it a sting, a blow or a toxic substance. This association is correct, since it’s what we know as acute inflammation and it is a physiological response of our body to a certain type of aggression. However, there is also another type of inflammation; chronic low-grade inflammation that may take several years to resolve into a serious disease.
However, although difficult to detect, if we pay attention to the signals of our body we can detect it in time and introduce the necessary measures to stop this inflammation.
What are the subtle signs of chronic inflammation?
· Chronic pain.
· Frequent infections.
· Anxiety, mood problems, emotional slumps.
· Constant fatigue.
· Sleeping problems, insomnia.
· Problems with body weight, weight gain for no apparent reason.
· Problems with the digestive system: burning, constipation, diarrhea.
Do they sound familiar to you? Of course, these signs can appear from other problems, but chronic inflammation is much more common than it seems, so it’s worth putting a lot of focus on this issue.
What is the most common treatment for symptoms of chronic inflammation?
Medicines. Among the most common are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. The problem is that they have many side effects and their prolonged use is not beneficial for our health. Another commonly used group is steroids. This group of hormones is very powerful, but their prolonged use, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, has several risks and are harmful to our health.
Do we have an alternative?
Definitely. Natural anti-inflammatories such as foods rich in nutrients, vitamins, enzymes that benefit the human body and antioxidants with a wide therapeutic potential, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties are the best alternative. In fact, it has been investigated that certain natural substances have great anti-inflammatory potential, even sometimes exceeding the anti-inflammatory potential of drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. In addition, these natural foods do not have side effects or risks of prolonged use.
If you notice any kind of symptoms that catch your attention: constant fatigue, headaches, problems with mood, anxiety, sleeping problems, insomnia, digestive problems, burning, constipation or, conversely, diarrhea, if you have gain weight lately without any dramatic change in your diet: investigate it, your body may be permanently inflamed and need these natural anti-inflammatories that we have already mentioned.
However, even if you do not have any of the symptoms mentioned above, it would not hurt for anyone to follow a lifestyle designed to fight internal inflammations at cellular level. A balanced diet, full of anti-inflammatory foods, rich in nutrients, vitamins and enzymes that benefit the body serve as a perfect protection against diseases.