How an anti-inflammatory diet can boost our health? Find out

What is an inflammation? Inflammation is defined as the body’s immune system’s response to any stimulus. It can be in response to certain common injuries like the burning of your finger, or falling off a bicycle, after which the affected area becomes red and warm. It is basically a localized response to any injury, characterized by ‘increased blood flow, capillary dilation, leukocyte infiltration, and production of chemical mediators. However, when inflammation becomes chronic (longstanding), the ability of the immune system to fight with other bugs and pathogens gets compromised. Chronic inflammation can have serious detrimental effects on your health like the impaired ability to think, depletion of nutrients in the body, reduced metabolism, which can also lead to emotional imbalance. What are the harmful effects of inflammation on our health? Asthma, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, allergies, Type-2 diabetes, arthritis, depression, some types of cancer, and some other conditions can be caused by or made worse due to inflammation. As we age, our bodies become more susceptible to the damages caused by inflammation. In today’s life, most people are exposed to extreme stress and environmental toxins like endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals present in everything from food to water and household cleaners. And our body always responds defensively. To fight inflammation, we need to help our bodies to cope with this continuous attack of immune triggers. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the best ways to help your body combat inflammation. What is an Anti-inflammatory diet? An anti-inflammatory diet is a diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables (leafy greens), legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains, as...

The Diabetes-Inflammation-Obesity Connection

Inflammation in laymen terms is swelling with redness and pain. A painful bruise or insect bite with surrounding area of redness and pain is Inflammation. Diabetes is a lack of or underutilization of Insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in our bodies by the pancreatic beta cells. Insulin helps in the sugar metabolism of our body. Scientists for past ten years have known increased levels of Inflammation in people with adult-onset Diabetes which is mostly from underutilization of Insulin also called Insulin resistance. In Diabetes the inflammation is internal. This is now being studied and researched extensively, as reducing inflammation through exercise, diet and medications can help in treating Diabetes. Diabetes is closely associated with Obesity. In abdominal obesity where there is the excess fat collection (adipocytes) around the waistline. Adipocytes produce bioactive proteins that can be easily measured and can reflect the inflammatory status of any person. Fat filled adipocytes have a higher concentration of cytokines, chemokines (inflammatory markers) which stimulate macrophages. These together lead to inflammation throughout various organs of the body and also induce insulin resistance. The liver is also affected by overweight/obesity. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) ranges from mild steatosis (fatty collection in the liver) all the way to liver cirrhosis. Lipid accumulation in liver cells also releases cytokines, chemokines. Inflammation from these has shown its role in pathogenesis and progression of NAFLD. Hepatic (Liver) Glucose production is not suppressed as these markers induce hepatic insulin resistance. This further worsens diabetes. Exercise like walking 35 – 40 mins a day helps in the prevention and control of diabetes, partly by weight loss and partly...