Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system's response to injury and infection. It is the body's way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Without inflammation as a physiological response, wounds would fester, and infections could become deadly. However, if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can become problematic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to certain diseases such as heart disease or stroke, and may also lead to autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. But a healthy diet and lifestyle can help keep inflammation under control. Acute inflammation Acute inflammation occurs after a cut on the knee, a sprained ankle or a sore throat. It's a short-term response with localized effects, meaning it works at the precise place where a … [Read more...] about What Is Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation and weight gain
Tens of thousands of Danes take insulin every day to treat their diabetes. But diabetes is not the only disease on which insulin has an effect, it appears. Chronic bowel inflammation can be treated effectively by injecting insulin into the rectum, it appears from a new study, where researchers have tested the treatment on mice. The study is a collaboration between departments at the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University. ’Our new treatment with insulin on mice shows great potential against chronic bowel inflammation in humans like Colitis Ulcerosa, which causes a lot of people great discomfort. Existing treatments attack the bowel’s immune system, dampening it; instead our method strengthens the bowel cells’ own defense. It appears to work equally well, and it can probably be used in combination with existing treatments’, says Jørgen Olsen, co-inventor of the treatment and professor at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University … [Read more...] about Insulin Shows Great Potential Against Chronic Colitis
About a third of US adults don’t get enough sleep. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has serious consequences for your brain and body. Many people think they can get by on less than seven to nine hours per night – the amount of sleep doctors recommend for most adults – or say they need to sleep less because of work or family obligations. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently acknowledged in an interview with the New York Times that his long work hours are taking a toll on his well-being and raising concerns among his friends. That prompted Ariana Huffington to post an open letter to Musk about his sleep schedule, telling him that he was “demonstrating a wildly outdated, anti-scientific and horribly inefficient way of using human energy.” Musk posted his response on Twitter at 2:30 a.m.: “I just got home from the factory. You think this is an option. It is not.” Musk seems to understand that working 120-hour weeks … [Read more...] about Sleep deprivation can kill you — here’s what sleeping less than 7 hours per night does to your body and brain
By Maria Conley, RDN Published 10:45 p.m. UTC Jun 4, 2018 Seemingly every day, a new headline suggests inflammation is the root cause of disease. And while some inflammation is necessary – and healthy – most Americans are battling chronic inflammation, which isn’t healthy. If you get injured or sick, your immune system launches an inflammatory response for protection. Trouble is, over time, unresolved inflammation can wreak havoc on your body, and even contribute to chronic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, asthma or diabetes. What causes inflammation? Poor diet, environmental toxins and stress contribute to inflammatory processes. And since we live in a convenience food culture that prioritizes bacon, sugar and chips over blueberries and spinach, it’s no surprise that Americans are suffering. Our dietary decisions lead to inflammation, weight gain and pain. I think of it like a fire. You can help squelch that fire by improving your … [Read more...] about Inflammation and your diet: What’s the connection?
When something goes wrong, be sure to speak up just as soon as you have a solution to offer. John Rampton Published 4:00 am, Friday, April 20, 2018 Photo: Westend61 | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Westend61 | Getty Images Complaining Is Lethal for Your Productivity and Your Business 1 / 1 Back to Gallery We all do it. In fact, research has found that during a typical conversation, we do it once a minute. I’m not talking about saying “um” or making odd facial expressions; I’m talking about complaining. We've all heard that venting helps us release stress and move forward, but science says it's actually hurting our productivity -- which is especially dangerous for a busy entrepreneur. Of course, if nobody ever complained about anything they would have to be … [Read more...] about Complaining Is Lethal for Your Productivity and Your Business