At this time in history, we are all thinking a lot more about our health: -what we can do to maintain it, and how we can help ourselves avoid disease or better recover from it if we are infected. While we are hand-washing, wearing masks and social distancing, there is one thing that is being largely over-looked in the media: The importance of maintaining a strong immune system. If your goal is to stay healthy now and for many years to come, the number one thing you should concern yourself with, is inflammation.
Inflammation has been found to be a contributing factor in almost every chronic condition known to medicine. That represents somewhere around 40% of the U.S. population, or 133 million Americans who are suffering from a condition that is being worsened by inflammation.
It is a strange contradiction that inflammation is an absolutely vital part of fighting infection and injury, while simultaneously playing a role in so many chronic diseases. While on one hand, inflammation fights off foreign pathogens and heals our wounds, it can ignite other conditions like arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, blindness, cancer, diabetes and, quite possibly, autism and mental illness.
In our first installment concerning chronic inflammation, let’s start with the basics:
What is inflammation?
White blood cells are the first to arrive to sites of infection and injury. They release chemicals that attack pathogens and emit cytokines, a type of protein messenger, to carry out a mind boggling amount of duties, including cleaning and protecting the site. Two of the most recognizable results of this is swelling and redness.
At the moment your body misfires with these automatic signals, havoc can ensue. Your immune system misreads signals of distress, and releases chemicals on healthy tissue, treating it as a pathogen to be attacked and killed. Chronic inflammation happens when this response continues, causing your body to remain in a constant state of emergency. Over time, as it endlessly attacks healthy tissues, chronic inflammation will negatively effect your health in countless ways.
Normal, healthy inflammation is easily recognizable. You can see the swelling and redness, you can feel the heat of it. This is not the case with chronic inflammation, which makes it much more illusive.
Some symptoms of chronic inflammation might include:
- mouth sores
- abdominal pain
- chest pain
These symptoms can range from mild to severe and last for several months or years. As time passes, the symptoms become worse, growing into serious, chronic diseases.
So now that we know what chronic inflammation can do to us, what can we do to combat it and give ourselves a healthier, more painfree and longer life? We will be covering all these questions in our 6 month series on recognizing, combatting, and prevailing against the negative effects of chronic inflammation, including diet tips, therapies and expert advice.
If you want more answers now, and you are dedicated to improving your life by eliminating chronic inflammation in your body, give us a call at (386) 310-4884, and we will help you on your journey to the better, pain free life you deserve.