Chronic inflammation refers to a response by your immune system that stays around long after an infection, injury, or exposure to a toxin. Chronic inflammation plays an important role in many of our chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s and even some cancers.
Acute inflammation happens rapidly, usually within minutes, but is typically short-lived. Most acute inflammatory responses occur after an injury or infection and is characterized by pain, redness, immobility, swelling and heat. Acute inflammation is to protect us by eliminating the initial cause of cell injury, clear out damaged cells and to initiate tissue repair.
Many people suffer from issues from chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation affects the brain, heart, skin, lungs, thyroid, GI track, kidney and liver.
Brain- Chronic inflammation of the brain can lead to depression, poor memory, Alzheimer’s and MS.
Heart- Inflammation in the heart leads to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Skin- Chronic inflammation compromises the liver and kidneys and can result in rashes, dermatitis, eczema, acne, psoriasis, wrinkles and fine lines.
Lungs- Inflammation triggers autoimmune reactions and can result in allergies or asthma.
Thyroid- Inflammation can disrupt thyroid hormone function resulting in hypo or hyperthyroidism.
Gastrointestinal (GI)-Chronic inflammation damages intestines and can cause issues like GERD, Chron’s, IBS and Celiac.
Kidney- Inflammation restricts blood flow to kidneys and can cause edema, hypertension, nephritis and kidney failure.
Liver- Chronic inflammation leads to enlarged liver or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Non-alcoholic liver disease is being diagnosed in children as young as young as 2 years old.
Inflammation can be reduced within your body naturally. Everybody has the power to reduce inflammation without drugs or any crazy detox programs. All you need is the power the real food to not only reduce inflammation but to ensure your body is functioning optimally. Reducing inflammation has more to do with what you don’t eat versus what you do eat. It is important to find what causes inflammation for you. The most common food allergens causing chronic inflammation are grains, sugars and vegetable oils. Eliminating these allergens from your diet isn’t always easy but neither are the diseases associated with chronic inflammation.
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