We all have experienced some form of inflammation in our lives. As kids, a fall from a local playground, which resulted in a few scrapes and bruises. An allergic reaction to food or medication; maybe a medical procedure that was caused by a car accident.
Inflammation: refers to your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system.
Inflammation is a direct line of defense that guards and heal our wounds, allows us to recover faster and protects that specific area of injury. Without inflammation, our bodies would be in constant pain and the healing process would cease to exist. This type of inflammation is acute and is always welcome. But what about Chronic inflammation?
Chronic Inflammation: refers to a prolonged inflammatory response that involves a progressive change in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation. It is characterized by the simultaneous destruction and repair of the tissue from the inflammatory process. Chronic Inflammation is much more subtle than acute. Most of us are currently experiencing this type of inflammation without any awareness of how it is damaging your body. Fatigue, muscle soreness, joint pain, fevers and rashes are a few of the many symptoms of chronic inflammation. Obesity, smoking, and constant stress, (oxidation) can also cause chronic inflammation.
If we don’t address the long-term effects of inflammation, it can lead to worse problems, such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
Taking preventive measures to reduce inflammation can come from supplements such as curcumin, fish oil, and glutathione. What we choose to eat can either reduce inflammation or amplify the problem. When we consume green vegetables like kale or spinach; consume nuts or add fatty fish such as wild caught salmon, or sardines, can reduce inflammation. However, consuming processed foods, refined carbohydrates, foods that are fried with trans-fat, will ramp up the already existing inflammation.
Sickness, Injuries and accidents will happen, and our immune system can protect us. Being proactive and taking measures to prevent chronic inflammation, comes from improving and/or having a healthy lifestyle. Quality of the food we consume, adequate amount of sleep, and avoiding toxins like smoking, will create a stronger immune system and can help reduce inflammation.