Research has continually shown that cellular inflammation is a precursor to chronic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes, because it ages tissues, which comprise organs. The skin, the largest of the human body’s organs, is no exception.
When repeatedly exposed to cellular inflammation, the skin becomes damage and shows visible signs of aging.
Read on to learn:
- How cellular inflammation damages the body.
- One of the best ways to prevent cellular inflammation from aging your organs.
Cellular inflammation occurs when the body attempts to defend itself against harmful pathogens.
Cellular inflammation occurs in 7 steps:
- Pathogen enters the cell.
- Blood vessels widen, increasing blood flow.
- Permeability of the blood vessels increases.
- Fluid enters into the tissue, which swells.
- White blood cells enter the tissue from the blood vessels.
- Cells destroy the pathogen.
- Tissues repair themselves.
However, cellular inflammation can become chronic. Chronic inflammation occurs when the body’s natural healing process overdoes its job, and results in the destruction of healthy parts of the body, such as joints or blood vessels.
This overdrive occurs when the substances that direct cellular inflammation think that the causes of infection are not fully removed. When this happens, cellular inflammation never fully terminates, and white blood cells continue to enter the tissue even though they are not needed.
However, you can prevent chronic inflammation by managing the factors that make the body think infection is constantly present.
One major contributor to chronic cellular inflammation is an unhealthy, pro-inflammatory diet.
The list of pro-inflammatory foods can be summarized in 5 categories:
- White flour (e.g. bagels, cookies, cereal, sweets, crackers, pizza)
- High-fat meats
- Sugar (e.g. candy, cake, fruit juice, soda)
- Fast food
- Snack food (e.g. potato chips, pretzels, corn chips)
These foods cause a surge in insulin, which triggers an inflammatory response.
Avoid pro-inflammatory foods and take a giant step toward preventing the aging of your body and skin.