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What are the physical manifestations of inflammation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2011 at 1:05 AM

So I found this question -- http://paleohacks.com/questions/6411/its-swell-what-is-inflammation#axzz1WTB1vbe8 -- that goes into the biochemistry of what inflammation IS, but I want to know what it DOES. How does it manifest itself? How do I know if I'm experiencing it? When people say they need to reduce inflammation, what particular physical changes are they looking for?

What I truly want to know is -- Can I blame it for my having gained belly flab since starting paleo 3.5 months ago?

UPDATE: I've found that occasionally when I wake up, my whole midsection is tight, as though I did a ton of crunches the night before. I haven't been able to link it to any particular workout or food, though. I can't even figure out if it's all muscular or not? Could this be inflammation?

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I've been seeing more people's posts about reducing their inflammation, but I'm still unclear as to how they know they're experiencing it, and in what forms it appears....?

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:16 AM

I don't know either, Ruth -- there may be no correlation. Just still trying to notice the effects on those occasions when I consume some.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on August 31, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Albert, I don't know about the effects of gluten passing quickly because of your exposure to it. Robb Wolfe is pretty adamant that we can't and don't built up a resistance to it.

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on August 30, 2011
at 12:48 PM

The only other suggestion I would have then is looking at nightshades...tomatoes bloat my belly especially if they're cooked. Also, if you're using any supplements they could also bloat you. Intermittent fasting did wonders for my belly but you sound like you are pretty lean already so I'm leaning toward chronic bloating maybe.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on August 30, 2011
at 12:26 PM

I don't really have a lot to lose - 5'6" and started around 127 lbs, just interested in not being so soft! I haven't weighed myself recently, but my tummy is noticeably less lean.

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on August 30, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Interested to see the responses you get to this question

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on August 30, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I was hoping for some very scientific information here but none yet!

I have digestive related inflammation issues and I can tell you from experience one of the clues for me, aside from discomfort when I sit (this is when I have severe inflammation in my intestines-its hard to bend-feels like inflated balloons), I also note an increase of mucus in my bowel movements.

For me, this is a tell tale sign of things aren't going well.

I would love to see some more info on this topic!!

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on August 30, 2011
at 12:15 PM

I am waiting for a sciency answer like Kelly too but I'll give you my symptoms.

To be accurate I can only tell you what they are from what went away with paleo and also what returns upon eating non-paleo cheats.

--Heartburn and indigestion (10 or so tums a day and heartburn meds with no relief) --Constant sore throat, phlegm and upper respiratory infections with cough --Bad PMS symptoms including emotional --The bloat!!! (Including puffy campbell kid face) --irritability and unlevel moods

For the increase in belly fat I'm not sure. The only thing i would say from my own experience is the increase in veggies bloated me daily for a time. If I certain kinds they still pooch out my tummy. Also, my belly fat went last (still going) and so it was more obvious since I lost inches everywhere else. Have you lost inches/pounds otherwise?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 30, 2011
at 12:48 PM

The only other suggestion I would have then is looking at nightshades...tomatoes bloat my belly especially if they're cooked. Also, if you're using any supplements they could also bloat you. Intermittent fasting did wonders for my belly but you sound like you are pretty lean already so I'm leaning toward chronic bloating maybe.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on August 30, 2011
at 12:26 PM

I don't really have a lot to lose - 5'6" and started around 127 lbs, just interested in not being so soft! I haven't weighed myself recently, but my tummy is noticeably less lean.

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on August 31, 2011
at 02:28 AM

This is a great question, and I'm looking forward to the answers, too.

I've been doing pretty consistent Paleo for about 6 months now -- easily well over the 80%-and-you're-good guideline. Here's what I've noticed, from the few times that I stray.

  1. If I indulge in something dairy -- like lots of cream in coffee, or cheese, I almost immediately get a runny nose. Not certain, but too much cream seems to give me a low-level stomach ache. Interestingly, I seem to be able to eat cheese made from milk of grass-fed cows and tolerate it well.
  2. Gluten does seem to be pretty diabolical. I've only had it a few times in the past 6 months, and each time it gave me gas and some degree of bowel discomfort. It did seem to pass quickly enough, which could be because I have a lifetime of exposure to it (I'm 49), or b/c I've been so diligently Paleo that I'm able to recover quickly.
  3. Sugar is also evil. Yesterday, for no good reason, I grabbed a handful of some little pecan sugar cookies that someone had brought into my office to share -- purely because they were different, and they were small. Within 2 hours, I began struggling with sleepiness. When I got to my workout, nearly 7 hours later, I had an annoying headache which didn't go away, and by the time I got home about 2 hours later, I had a continuously runny nose. All of these symptoms were gone by the following morning.

Don't know how helpful that is, but that's what I've been noticing. Good luck!

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:16 AM

I don't know either, Ruth -- there may be no correlation. Just still trying to notice the effects on those occasions when I consume some.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on August 31, 2011
at 01:08 PM

Albert, I don't know about the effects of gluten passing quickly because of your exposure to it. Robb Wolfe is pretty adamant that we can't and don't built up a resistance to it.

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