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Inflammation and You.


Inflammation and You.

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The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

Inflammation and You.

It’s less common to cite decreased inflammation as one of the benefits of a Paleo, Primal, or no processed foods diet.  But it deserves as much of a marker in your mind as to the reasons why eating this way is worth it (among the other more obvious elements such as looking good naked and performing better).

There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic.  Acute inflammation is the more immediate response to an injury, wound, irritation, or infection.  It’s often characterized by pain, redness, and swelling.  When the injury heals, the inflammation subsides and then goes away.  Chronic inflammation is prolonged inflammation, inflammation that does not subside.  Chronic inflammation is a response to bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds, and foreign proteins.  It is characterized by a simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.

Researchers in many areas of medicine now link chronic inflammation to Alzheimers, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer, among others.

And what is one major factor in chronic inflammation?  The foods we ingest every day.  The proteins in grains, dairy, and legumes can cause an inflammatory response in susceptible individuals.  And, because we eat those foods every day, we are constantly producing an inflammatory environment for our body.

There are milder symptoms as well.  Feeling puffy or bloated?  That’s a common result of chronic inflammation.  Individuals at the shop who have had chronic knee, shoulder, or forearm pain have reported a decrease or complete elimination of symptoms when these foods are removed from their diets.

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So, is inflammation a good reason to eat a Paleo minded diet?  Or just not convincing enough?  Post to comments.  

3 Responses

  1. Paul

    Just throwin’ this out there…anyone interested in a (Roots) ski day? I’m thinking Winter Park sometime very soon. Turn and burn…-P

  2. JakeDurling

    Since I seem to be on a blog comment kick, I may as well keep going. The anti-inflammatory effects of paleo are a huge part of why I’m constantly trying (with some success) to be paleo. For me, the greatest impact of this aspect of being paleo is on training volume: I can train longer and more frequently without succumbing to soreness and fatigue (and I don’t need as much ibuprofen to fight what soreness I do get). Rightly or wrongly, I attribute this to the anti-inflammatory effects of paleo. (I think it’s right: Loren Cordain and Joe Friel talk about Friel experiencing this same effect in the index ofThe Paleo Diet for Athletes.
    I also dig the immediate weight loss associated with starting a paleo diet after cheating for a while – I lose 5-9 pounds in the first week and it’s basically all inflammation that my body has been holding on to. It’s cosmetic but still cool to get results that quickly.
    Okay, I’ll leave the blog alone now.