Inflammation?

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Smile-n-Nod

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I often see "inflammation" mentioned in articles about diet, health, and training.

How does one know if one has inflammation? What are the symptoms?
 

Kettlebelephant

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Inflammation - Wikipedia

The usual signs like red colored skin, pain etc.
The things you don't "see" could result into diseases like allergies (especially food allergies), rheumatic problems and others. Those are usually linked to chronic inflammation.

Btw inflammation is not a bad thing. Too much or chronic inflammation is bad!
Every time you train you create a small amount of inflammation that leads to adaptation.
 
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Jan

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The four cardinal signs of inflammation:
1. Rubor (redness)
2. Calor (heat)
3. Tumor (swelling)
4. Dolor (pain)

(from Strong Medicine by Chris Hardy and Marty Callagher)
 

mprevost

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The best way to know is to get tested for C reactive protein. It is a well-used lab marker for inflammation. You don't need your doctor to do this. Just use a service like anylabtestnow.com or something similar.
 

Antti

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I consider myself a skeptic. When I first saw websites demonising wheat and sugar as sources of inflammation, I could not but shake my head.

However, I personally suffer from gout. What gout is is an inflammation of a joint. The inflammation also happens to be degenerative and very, very painful.

So, during these years, I have had to realign my views regarding diet and inflammation. There really are certain foods that absolutely cause flares for me. And they are not the typical ones the doctors talk about. Instead, some of them are exactly the same ones those wacky websites talk about.

The pain really doesn't give a damn if I'm a skeptic or not or if I believe the doctor or not. And it has taught me, as I take all the help I can get.
 

Marc

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I think it referes to internal inflammation. This is mainly vaused by a disbalance of omega3 vs omega6 fatty acids with omega 6 being way too high. Best and easiest thing is to get dome fishoil in order to balance the omega3. Aum for 1-3g od epa/dha daily. Actually fish oil (alongside with vitamin d3 if you live in cloudy regions) are the only supps I personally consider worth taking
 

Mark Kidd

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Or eat wild salmon, get omega 3's according to some studies are 9 times more effective plus the protein and nutritional profile. I eat two cans 4 times a week.

Also as I understand it, natural unprocessed omega 6's aren't the problem. It's the processed ones.
 

LukeV

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I consider myself a skeptic. When I first saw websites demonising wheat and sugar as sources of inflammation, I could not but shake my head.
Me too. I remember years ago commenting to a doctor that bread and pizza made my neck hurt. He looked at me as if I was an idiot and like an idiot I kept eating bread and pizza. It was only when sore neck turned into sore shoulders, elbows and feet that I decided to give wheat away. I realised improvement within seven days. Eliminating sugar also made a big difference although not as significant as the wheat. Others tell me reducing fructose is worth it but I don't eat a lot of fruit anyway.

Dr Mercola RA protocol of krill oil, astaxanthan and curcumin has greatly reduced my reliance on NSAIDS, although I still regularly pop a couple of ibuprofen.
 

Michael Scott

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What is the brand name of the canned wild salmon you are consuming? I am looking to expand my protein selection.

Or eat wild salmon, get omega 3's according to some studies are 9 times more effective plus the protein and nutritional profile. I eat two cans 4 times a week.

Also as I understand it, natural unprocessed omega 6's aren't the problem. It's the processed ones.
 

Mark Kidd

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Oceans. I get it at Costco. It is wild pink Salmon and it is 6 cans (there is strangely a 4 pack for almost the same money.) Very low mercury (which the natural selenium protects you from).
 

Michael Scott

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Thank you. Of course, I am not a Costco member, but I will look around me to see if anyone carries it.

Oceans. I get it at Costco. It is wild pink Salmon and it is 6 cans (there is strangely a 4 pack for almost the same money.) Very low mercury (which the natural selenium protects you from).
 

Mark Kidd

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Oh it is a very common brand. As long as it is wild, you are good. Farmed salmon has a completely screwed up nutritional profile.
 

Steve Freides

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As long as it is wild, you are good. Farmed salmon has a completely screwed up nutritional profile.
@Mark Kidd, my understanding is that there has been a lot of cross-contamination between farmed and wild salmon. Have you heard or read anything similar?

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Steve Freides

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That wild salmon really isn't completely different than the farmed variety like they both used to be.

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Matts

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I'm not that well-informed on salmon, but I thought the major difference was wild salmon went into the ocean and ate the small green algae (or whatever) that had the omega-3 fats, and farmed salmon ate wastes, etc. Kind of like grass-fed beef vs. industrial feed-lot beef. Is there more to it?
 

Steve Freides

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I've read that a significant amount of the farmed salmon have gotten into the wild. I guess that might change the gene pool but the diet would still be relevant.

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