Inflamm Aging – Inflammation makes old!
“Silent inflamations” are not only a danger to our health. They also make us look old faster. The problem of “silent inflammations” and inflamm-aging is becoming more and more common. But how does it happen in the first place?
Not without reason are “silent inflammations” considered a contemporary disease of civilization. “Chronic inflammations are much more common than assumed and are partly responsible for a large number of the increasing disease patterns in our society,” explains internist and specialist in biological medicine Dr. Jochen Henn, who is alarmed by the sometimes dramatic increase in inflammation-related symptoms. What to do against Inflamm-Aging?
The western, consumption-oriented lifestyle contributes its share to the promotion of inflammation. Due to toxins contained in food and consumer products, many people lose their immune tolerance, which can lead to dangerous immune activation and then to chronic inflammation. Inflamm aging is a consequence.
From plastics, biocides, solvents, plasticizers to metals, nicotine, alcohol, flavorings and taste enhancers, the list of toxins is long. The stress factor should also not be underestimated, as prolonged psychological stress can also promote chronic inflammation. Electrosmog can also be harmful.
Inflamm aging due to stress
Laboratory tests help to ensure that chronic diseases are really caused by chronic inflammation: Biomarkers, i.e. measurable parameters for biological processes in the body, can be used to detect elevated levels of C-reactive protein, for example in metabolic syndrome (a term for various diseases of the cardiovascular system). Many other inflammatory markers can also be detected in urine, in coughed-up secretions from the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, or in breath exhalations. Precise medical clarification is important, asserts Dr. Henn.
In order to banish the danger of the hidden inflammations, the Inflamm-Aging, one offers itself above all: A healthy lifestyle, because especially diet and exercise minimize the risk of such chronic inflammatory diseases and help against Inflamm-Aging. “There are many anti-inflammatory measures that are relatively easy to integrate into everyday life,” assures Dr. Henn. So even those who have had enough of the trend lifestyle “Detox” should still give it a chance from the point of view of “silent inflammation”, after all the decision for toxin-free food and cosmetics free of pollutants is an important – not least vital – step towards health and well-being.
Endurance sport lowers – and this is the good news – the risk of inflamm aging even after just a few weeks. In addition, you can do yourself some good by eating foods that contain high levels of anti-inflammatory substances, so-called polyphenols. These are found, for example, in broccoli, apples, ginger, peanuts or red grapes and not only have an anti-inflammatory effect, but also inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect against free radicals. In addition, unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, for example, are particularly good and should be taken in the form of high-quality fish oil. Carbohydrate-containing foods such as sugar or white flour, on the other hand, which rapidly raise blood sugar levels and thus have a high glycemic index, should be avoided. A slim figure is therefore not only aesthetically beautiful, but also makes sense from a health point of view: fatty tissue acts like a permanent, harmful inflammatory body.
Sport against Inflamm Aging
Dr. Henn emphasizes that among the therapeutic measures for stress management, in addition to diet and exercise, necessarily such as relaxation exercises, autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation or mindfulness exercises. According to the doctor, their effects on the autonomic nervous system and the neurostress axis have been proven.
The problem of smoldering inflammatory foci is also increasingly becoming the focus of anti-aging research: the question of whether aging is an inflammatory process is now being intensively discussed medically under the term “inflamm aging.” In old age, proinflammatory cytokines, i.e. tissue hormones that promote inflammation, are increasingly released.
The connection between aging processes and inflammation thus seems obvious – also with regard to the development of wrinkles. “The skin is a good mirror of inflammatory parameters,” explains Dr. Henn. This is because permanent inflammatory processes stress the skin, they accelerate the breakdown of collagen and cause micro-scars, which leads to the formation of wrinkles, but also to redness, irritation, loss of elasticity and a sallow complexion. Protection from harmful environmental influences and, in particular, a conscious diet can also help against this. An old adage thus proves true in the context of beauty and inflammation aging: True beauty really does come from within.