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Depression

Depression
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Anxiety and stress can cause inflammation, says Dr. Mensch, and inflammation can cause depression. “And with depression comes fatigue and other symptoms of chronic conditions.” A new book – The Inflamed Mind: A Radical New Approach to Depression, by Edward Bullmore Short – makes the case that dealing with inflammation in the brain may relieve some types of depression.

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Belly fat

Belly fat
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Obesity is associated with chronic inflammation, and a “spare tyre” is a sign of obesity, says Dr. Mensch. Research has shown that fat cells inside the abdomen secrete molecules that increase inflammation. Numerous studies have supported this link between belly fat and systemic inflammation.

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How to detect chronic inflammation

How to detect chronic inflammation
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There is a test that can pinpoint the problem: “C-reactive protein, or CRP, gives you a non-specific sense of inflammatory markers circulating through your body,” Dr. Mensch says. Other indicators include high levels of interleukin, a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), a high white blood cell count, and a low albumin count. Ask your doctor about these tests.

Reducing inflammation

Reducing inflammation
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Losing weight is one way to battle chronic inflammation. Getting stress and anxiety under control can also help. Exercise is one proven method for reducing all of these issues; so are alternative approaches like meditation and yoga. Another smart move is getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night and eating a healthy diet low in saturated fats and carbohydrates. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, such as tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fatty fish like salmon, and fruits like berries, cherries and oranges can also battle inflammation, according to Harvard Medical School.

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Source: RD.com

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