Ronit Mor, ND
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.
The Good and The… Ugly.
Without inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could become deadly. It is often characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes pain and some immobility. You actually need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy.
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 low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues. It can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s or autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, or rheumatoid arthritis develops.
Underlying Causes of Chronic Inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can be the result of a mal-functioning, over-reactive immune system, or it may be due to an underlying problem that your body is attempting to fight off. Many of these “problems” are actually due to an unhealthy nutrition/lifestyle.
In his book, The Inflammation Syndrome, Jack Challem proposes that diet is primarily to blame for an increase in inflammatory illness. “The typical Western diet now contains at least thirty times (x30) more of pro-inflammatory nutrients than just a century ago,” he says. “As a result, people have become nutritionally and biochemically primed for powerful, out-of-control inflammatory reactions.”
The main underlying causes of chronic inflammation are:
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation
If you answer yes to 3 or more of the following questions, you might be having chronic inflammation:
Infographic: How Inflammation Affects the Body by ecoNugenics
10 Practical Tips for “Putting Out The Fire” Naturally
A recent study confirms that having very low levels of inflammation in your body is the most potent predictor for living beyond 100 years of age. So here are a few tips to help you live healthily ever after: