Chronic inflammation can quietly reside in your body for years. You won’t have any symptoms until the inflammation progresses to cause a disease or injury. Adam Sandahl, DC, CCEP, at Tier Wellness Center, implements the DeFlame inflammation protocol, which uses diet and supplements to reduce inflammation and restore your health. To learn more about how an anti-inflammatory diet promotes long-term wellness, call the office in Long Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
Inflammation in response to an injury or acute infection is a normal and important part of your body’s healing process. The inflammatory process triggers a series of chemical events that heal the problem. You have temporary swelling and pain, but then the inflammation goes away.
But chronic inflammation can silently develop in cells throughout your body. This type of systemic inflammation doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms, yet it gradually damages healthy cells and tissues, leading to diseases such as:
Ongoing inflammation is also associated with recurring musculoskeletal injuries and damage that leads to ruptured tendons and ligaments.
Some foods trigger inflammation, while others help reduce it. When your diet is out of balance and you consume too many inflammatory foods, they contribute to chronic health problems.
Here are two examples of the interaction between sugar, which is an inflammatory substance, and chronic disease:
After consuming sugary carbohydrates, blood glucose increases. When cells in your pancreas are exposed to a spike in sugar, they react by triggering an inflammatory response.
With repeated exposure to high blood sugar, the immune system sends white blood cells to the area, which in turn can lead to a pancreatic disease called insulinitis.
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries due to a cholesterol buildup, worsens in response to inflammation. One source of that inflammation is high blood sugar. When cells in blood vessel walls are exposed to excess sugar, they trigger an inflammatory reaction.
The DeFlame Diet was developed by a chiropractor, Dr. David Seaman, who was the first person to hypothesize that diets can be pro- or anti-inflammatory. Since then, a vast amount of research has proven his theory to be true.
The DeFlame inflammation protocol is a structured plan to replace foods that cause inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, such as vegetables.
The protocol encourages you to think of food as medicine that can either relieve or promote inflammation. Dr. Sandahl provides the information you need about foods that can help fight inflammation.
The DeFlame protocol also calls for taking supplements that support your body’s ability to reduce inflammation. Dr. Sandahl may recommend supplements to treat or prevent nutrient deficiencies or to help heal existing health problems, such as osteoporosis.
To get started on a healthy, anti-inflammatory protocol, call Tier Wellness Center, or book an appointment online.