The Greens at Cannondale’s first program in this year’s Community Health Series linked two words that are rarely seen together — “inflammation” and “nutrition” — and in doing so presented a most provocative and enlightening session that the popular series brings to the community. Presented by Loryn Galardi, clinical nutritionist of Comprehensive Nutrition, it contained information that can’t be dismissed or forgotten.
Inflammation is a complex process of cells and chemicals in our bodies, standing ready to fight infections and threats and can be a lifesaver when it’s a controlled reaction. For example, when you cut your finger or catch a cold, chemicals are released that begin the healing process. Chronic inflammation is another story. It injures the gastrointestinal system, what cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn calls “leaky gut syndrome.” A consistent diet of processed foods, sugars, unhealthy fats, alcohol, and caffeine cause chronic inflammation, a source of headaches, obesity, digestive distress, even heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.