Allergies (respiratory symptoms, hives)
More subtle, early indicators of problems could include headaches, muscles aches, fatigue, muscle stiffness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, gas, abdominal discomfort and even emotional problems including depression. These could be related to food sensitivities and intolerances. The most common food intolerances include dairy (lactose), wheat (gluten), yeast, soy, corn, eggs and even some artificial sweeteners.
How can you know if you have chronic inflammation if you don't have symptoms or a diagnosis?
You can find out if you have inflammation by having your C- reactive protein levels tested. The high sensitivity C-reactive protein, is the preferred indicator of chronic, low-grade inflammation.
What should I do if I have high levels of C-reactive protein?
If your C-reactive protein levels are high, you will first want to talk to your doctor to find out if there is an underlying infection, allergy, autoimmune disorder or other contributing disease. If not, your excess weight could be the cause and weight loss is your best line of defense. If you are a smoker, that could also be contributing to the problem.
How do foods influence inflammation?
Inflammation can also be influenced by the foods you eat. Research has shown that certain foods trigger inflammation and others suppress it.
Some of the foods that are pro-inflammatory include:
Animal fats (corn-fed beef, dark meat and skin of poultry, pork, duck…