By Theresa Harding
Did you know that many diseases start with inflammation?
Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.
This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.
There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic (sometimes called systemic) inflammation. Acute inflammation arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, an infected ingrown nail, a sprained ankle, acute bronchitis, a sore throat, tonsillitis or appendicitis. It is short-term and the effects subside after a few days.
Chronic inflammation is long-term and occurs in “wear and tear” conditions, including osteoarthritis, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease. Habitual or environmental factors, such as excess weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, pollution, poor oral health and excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to chronic inflammation. Adopting a low inflammatory diet while focusing on low inflammatory foods is one way to avoid the onset of chronic inflammation.
Often, acute inflammation is perceived as “good,” because it is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury, and chronic inflammation is perceived as “bad”.
Symptoms of inflammation vary depending on whether the reaction is acute or chronic.
The symptoms of acute inflammation include:
Symptoms of chronic inflammation present in a different way. These can include:
Inflammation is caused by a number of physical reactions triggered by the immune system in response to a physical injury or an infection.
One of the main causes of inflammation is low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract.
Other causes of inflammation include:
Although inflammation has long been known to play a role in allergic diseases like asthma, arthritis and Crohn’s disease, still Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease may all be related to chronic inflammation in the body.
Examples of diseases, conditions, and situations that can result in acute inflammation include:
Examples of diseases and conditions that include chronic inflammation:
Have you experienced any form of inflammation? What have you tried to reduce the pain?
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