The heart attack has long been known as the widow-maker thanks to its tendency to cause male deaths without any warning. However, the true widow and widower-maker is actually chronic inflammation, a condition that isn’t fully understood by most Americans. Chronic inflammation is a powerful and destructive force in the body that is linked to everything from acne, wrinkles, and heart disease to cancer and neurological conditions. Since this silent killer has no clear-cut cure, the very best time to stop chronic inflammation is before it ever begins.

What is Chronic Inflammation?

First, let’s discuss acute inflammation. Controlled inflammation is actually essential to your overall health. It is the body’s way of protecting against toxins, infections, and injuries. You can think of inflammatory cells as the “first responders” on the scene of an injury or disease. They either trap the foreign substance responsible for the damage, or work to heal the damaged tissue. This complex process leads blood vessels to leak fluid into the site of injury, which is why inflammation is always identified by swelling, redness, and pain.

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Eating out is one of the most common luxuries shared by Americans, especially on the weekends. Whether you’re a foodie checking out unique local cuisine or a busy family trying to save money at a nearby buffet, it’s very important to stop and consider what exactly you are putting into your body as you eat. Taste shouldn’t be the only determining factor in your order; you should also stop to consider inflammatory fats, gluten, GMOs, and so much more.

Inflammatory Foods

Your body actually relies upon inflammation to defend itself against injury and infection; when the body identifies a problem, it sends extra blood to deliver immune cells for healing. This type of acute inflammation is essential to healing. However, inflammation caused from other sources- like food- can be dangerous. Trans fat, added sugar, refined grains, omega 6 fatty acids, processed meats, and gluten are just a few of the many foods that trigger inflammation in the body. Since chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, it is essential to steer clear of inflammatory foods when you place your order.

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