What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself from injury or infection. Without inflammation, infections and injured or damaged cells and tissue would not be able to heal. When inflammation occurs, the leukocytes and plasma proteins (antibodies) found in the body’s white blood cells are released to the injured or infected area, these antibodies help to fight off infection and heal the damaged tissue or cells.
There are two types of inflammation: Acute Inflammation and Chronic Inflammation.
Acute Inflammation is when the body has experienced an infection such as a cold or flu or an injury such as a sprain, broken bone, or cut.
Signs and Symptoms of Acute Inflammation:
- Loss of mobility
Chronic Inflammation is when the body is unable to fight off or eliminate the cause of Acute Inflammation. Chronic Inflammation is referred to as long term inflammation. This type of inflammation may last for several months or maybe even a few years. Chronic Inflammation will occur if there is an underlying health issue such as Autoimmune Disorder, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tuberculosis, Asthma, or Crohn’s Disease.
Contributing factors for Chronic Inflammation may include:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of sleep
- Poor oral health
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Signs and Symptoms for Chronic Inflammation:
- Loss of mobility
- Joint pain
- Mouth sores
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
When Chronic Inflammation is left undiagnosed and untreated, the body’s immune function becomes even more compromised, leaving it vulnerable and at high risk of developing a serious disease or health condition.
These conditions include:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Respiratory Pulmonary Disease
Inflammation is a very important immune function for the body. Inflammation is the process responsible for protecting the body from foreign substances and infections as well as helping the body heal and recover from injury. However, long term inflammation (Chronic Inflammation) can be very harmful to your body.
Taking the necessary steps with help eliminate long term inflammation:
- Reduce or eliminate sugars, gluten, processed foods, cow’s milk, artificial additives, and red meat.
- Increase your consumption of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, fish, and seeds focusing on foods that decrease inflammation.
- Cleanse your bowels.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get a solid amount of sleep.
- Supplement daily with an Omega –3 and a Probiotic.