Inflammation. The word probably makes you think of a knee swollen from running or a puffed-up pimple on your face — common problems that can be cured with the help of some ice or OTC meds.
However, there’s another kind of inflammation that means something else entirely: chronic inflammation — a slow, silent disturbance that never shuts off. You can’t feel it. You can’t be tested for it. Yet it has become a medical hot topic: More and more research shows that chronic inflammation is involved in heavy-hitting illnesses. Here are 5 signs you have chronic inflammation.
You can find warning signs of chronic inflammation in your everyday ailments and make dietary and lifestyle changes that can help you relieve it.
1. Binge Eating
If you’ve ever ripped open a bag of chips for “just a few” only to mindlessly ingest all 16 servings, you know what binge eating is. A diet high in saturated fats, trans fats, and refined sugars — all present in the junk foods that we tend to binge on – causes an inflammatory response in the liver to address the presences of toxins. Meanwhile, glucose transport is inhibited during inflammation, arousing cravings that can lead to overeating. To kill this endless cycle, ditch those unhealthy fats and opt for healthy omega-3 fats like salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, and extra virgin olive oil.