Inflammation when acute (short lived) can be a good thing, it aids in recovery from injury and infections. However when it is chronic it can cause lots of unpleasant symptoms: physical, psychological, mental. Chronic inflammation (low grade) is known as metafflamation. It is linked to toxicity, stress, and our modern diet and lifestyle. It is common to people experiencing chronic illness as well as “sensitisation” related pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, and CFS.
Making anti inflammatory lifestyle and dietary changes and also managing anxiety and stress can dial back pain and symptoms, and even lead to full remission for some people. For people with lots and lots of symptoms, this does however tend to take time. However some improvements are usually felt pretty quickly.
Here is a picture showing how our lifestyles have become more promoting of chronic inflammation (metaflammation) since the Industrial Revolution (source: CDC). Metaflammation is mainly man made says Egger G1, Dixon J. 2009 inked to anthrogens (our lifestyle and changes to environment, including reduced air quality)
Here are some of the things the CDC say are inflammatory and anti-inflammatory.
|Evidence Level||Pro-Inflammatory (“Anthropogens”)||Anti-Inflammatory (or Neutral)|
Exercise, too little (inactivity) Nutrition
Excessive energy intake Fat intake
Trans fatty acids High-fat diet
Intensive lifestyle change
Restricted energy intake
Fish/fish oils Fruits/vegetables
Fast food/Western-style diet
High omega 6:omega 3 ratio
Fiber (low intake)
Glucose High-glucose/glycemic-index foods High glycemic load
Air pollution Inequality/economic insecurity
Alcohol (moderate intake) Capsaicin
Cocoa/Chocolate (dark) Fiber (high intake)
Herbs and spices
Low omega 6:omega 3 ratio Mediterranean diet
Exercise, excessive Nutrition
Alcohol (excessive/bingeing) Meat (domesticated) Sugar-sweetened drinks
Endocrine disrupting chemicals
Low perceived workplace fairness
Thermal comfort (eg, air conditioning) Low socioeconomic status
Lean game meats Low-glycemic-index foods Monounsaturated fats
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