Chronic inflammation is a silent killer. It lurks unseen in your body, quietly destroying your health.
Chronic inflammation can go unnoticed for years. And it’s the invisible trigger behind all kinds of lingering diseases including arthritis, asthma, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, asthma and obesity.
But University of Wisconsin researchers just made a sweet discovery. And it could transform your next dessert course into a prescription for healing.
More on that tasty breakthrough in just a moment. But let’s first take a closer work at how inflammation works.
Chronic inflammation is a chronic problem
When you hear the word inflammation, you probably think of the red and puffy aftermath of stubbing a toe or scraping a knee. But that’s actually acute inflammation.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, occurs when your body attacks itself from the inside. And it can have serious health consequences.
Acute inflammation, which happens as a direct result of some type of trauma, starts to fade away as soon as you address the problem that caused it. But chronic inflammation isn’t so simple.
Chronic inflammation is typically an immune response to a threat that’s not really there. Or one that your immune system can’t resolve. Which means your body ends up attacking your organs and systems in a misguided attempt to heal you.
And that makes chronic inflammation a tough nut to crack.
Mainstream medicine usually tries to tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, prednisone and naproxen. But as a Healthier Talk reader, you know these drugs come with some hefty risks and side effects.
Slash chronic inflammation with this dinner table trick
However, UW researchers have recently uncovered a strange, but effective, strategy for slashing chronic inflammation that you can do at your own dinner table. And did I mention it’s tasty too?
According to the scientists, all you have to do is make eating yogurt a regular part of your routine. And if you take it one step further and turn dessert on its ear by eating your yogurt BEFORE eating a big meal, it could help improve your metabolism too.
In the real world that means you could slash your risk for those inflammation linked diseases I mentioned earlier including heart disease and diabetes.
The study included 120 women, half of whom were obese. For nine weeks, the ladies were assigned to eat either 12 ounces of yogurt or 12 ounces of a non-dairy pudding.
Fasting blood samples taken throughout the study showed the yogurt eaters had big improvements in certain signs of chronic inflammation.
The researchers also wanted to know what kind of effect the yogurt would have when the volunteers ate a large high-fat, high carb meal. So at the beginning and end of the nine week study, each volunteer ate their assigned yogurt or pudding and then two sausage muffins and two hash browns for breakfast.
Pre-meal yogurt improves metabolism too
Once again, blood samples showed the ladies inflammation levels plummeted. But that’s not all.
In the obese volunteers, the yogurt also improved glucose metabolism. Their blood sugar levels dropped back down far more quickly than they did in the folks eating the non-dairy pudding.
More research is needed to figure out exactly what it is in the yogurt that makes it so good at battling chronic inflammation. But there’s no reason to wait around for those studies. As I’ve explained before fermented foods, including yogurt, have bunches of health benefits.
Fermented foods can help improve digestion and boost immunities. And they’re linked to a lower risk for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and depression too.
But keep in mind if you’re choosing the wrong kind of yogurt, it could end up undoing all those benefits. Skip the sweet flavored stuff, and teach for plain Greek yogurt instead. And if you want to sweeten things up use fresh fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon.