"Inflammation" in this context means low grade, chronic, systemic inflammatory processes. It's exacerbated by diet. Inflammation can be the result of "leaky gut syndrome," in which the intestinal brush border is damaged by what we eat; fiber has been accused in this process also, since it tends to "scrub" the intestines, possibly intensifying the effects that poor diet has begun.
Here are some links I found relative to nutritional inflammation. I happened across some other links in that search which interested me, regarding the role of fat and adiponectin in various conditions of dis-ease. Some of these may be too technical for your interest! but they're short abstracts. Worth a look, anyway.
I agree with previous posters here about gluten (any grains, really). I've heard some anecdotal comments from other members about FODMAPs and nightshades as well. Anything which disturbs your digestive process may lead to leaky gut, and thereby to systemic/nutritional inflammation.
Inflammation & IF Rating™
Proper diet may be an effective way to minimize systemic inflammation and improve your health.
If you've ever jammed your finger, scraped your knee, or sprained your ankle, you're already familiar with inflammation. The accompanying redness, swelling, and pain are sure signs that inflammation is taking place. Inflammation is part of your body's response to nearly any type of physical injury. It's one of the ways that your body protects itself, and begins its repair process.
IS INFLAMMATION AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?
Inflammation is not always as obvious or benign as the above examples. It can silently involve every cell in your body and, over time, negatively affect your health and abilities. For example, allergies, joint pain, and premature aging are just a few of the common ailments linked to "systemic inflammation." But if you can't see inflammation, how do you measure it?
The levels of certain chemicals in your blood are known to increase with increased levels of inflammation. One of these chemical markers for inflammation is a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is often measured in conjunction with other blood tests, and normal values are well established. From a clinical standpoint, a CRP level of less than 5 milligrams per liter of blood is considered normal. "Normal" may not be optimal, though. Many medical researchers believe that even slight elevations of CRP are tied to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and many other diseases. If you'd like to have your CRP measured, consult your physician, who can order a simple blood test.
CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION WITH DIET
Your body creates both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals, called "prostaglandins" from nutrients in the food that you eat. Imbalances in your diet can lead to the creation of excessive amounts of inflammatory prostaglandins, which fuel your body's inflammatory response. Conversely, the consumption of certain nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, allows your body to produce more anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, which it uses to reduce inflammation.
Modern nutrition experts, including Andrew Weil, Nicholas Perricone, and Barry Sears, have written many books about diet's link to inflammation, and have promoted the increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help control or reduce inflammation. Until now, however, the recommendations regarding anti-inflammation diets have been limited to a relatively small group of foods. That limitation has been lifted with the introduction of the IF (Inflammation Factor) Rating™.
THE IF RATING™ SYSTEM
Monica Reinagel, a noted nutritional researcher, is the creator of the IF (Inflammation Factor) Rating™ system. Before creating her system, she spent years studying systemic inflammation, and compiled data from hundreds of different research studies. Her system considers the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects of more than 20 separate nutrients.
Early in 2006, Monica authored the book The Inflammation Free Diet Plan, which provides simple guidelines for using her system to plan your diet, and includes IF Ratings for 1,500 common foods. You can learn more by visiting InflammationFactor.com.
Oregon State University; Linus Pauling Institute
Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health
[The Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center provides scientific information on the health aspects of dietary factors and supplements, foods, and beverages for the general public.]lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/inflammatio
Nutrition and Inflammation
This article was underwritten by a grant from Bayer Consumer Care AG, Basel, Switzerland.
Nutrition and Inflammation
Written in August 2010 by:
Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D.
Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University
Reviewed in August 2010 by:
Adrian F. Gombart, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Principal Investigator, Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University
Journal of Obesity, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 431985, 14 pages
Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition as a Pharmacological Approach to Treat Obesitywww.hindawi.com/journals/jobes/2011/431985
Anti-inflammatory Diet: Road to Good Health?
Experts discuss the potential disease-fighting benefits of diets that try to reduce inflammation.
By Kathleen Doheny
Georgia Integrative Medicine:
Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Inflammation and Increase Immune Functionwww.georgiaintegrativemedicine.com/Anti_In
book on nutritional inflammation www.amazon.com/The-Inflammation-Syndrome-N
Barry Sears’ Zone Diet site (commercial)www.zonediet.com/
proceedings from The 111th Abbott Nutrition Research Conferenceanhi.org/abbottnutritionrd/pastconferenced
Recent advances in the relationship between obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
Bastard JP, Maachi M, Lagathu C, Kim MJ, Caron M, Vidal H, Capeau J, Feve B.www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16613757
The role of the immune system in obesity and insulin resistance.
Patel PS, Buras ED, Balasubramanyam A.
Source: Diabetes Research Center, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism,
Baylor College of Medicinewww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23577240
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Mechanisms of chronic state of inflammation as mediators that link obese adipose tissue and metabolic syndrome.
Source: Immunology and Haematology Laboratory, Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunohematology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Excellence Research Program on Healthy Aging, Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile ; Centro de Estudios en Alimentos Procesados (CEAP), Conicyt-Regional, Gore Maule, R09I2001 Talca, Chile.www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23843680
Adipose tissue as an endocrine organ.
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St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research and Department of Medicine,
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Adiponectin in inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases.
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Coordinated regulation of adipose tissue macrophages by cellular and nutritional signals.
Har D, Carey M, Hawkins M.
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Fats, inflammation and insulin resistance: insights to the role of macrophage and T-cell accumulation in adipose tissue.
Harford KA, Reynolds CM, McGillicuddy FC, Roche HM.
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Li FY, Cheng KK, Lam KS, Vanhoutte PM, Xu A.
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Deficiency of the leukotriene B4 receptor, BLT-1, protects against systemic insulin resistance in diet-induced obesity.
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Source: Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Diabetes and Obesity Center, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KYwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742977
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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