Inflammation is a natural, thriving mechanism of the immune system. Acute inflammatory response is a way to fire at and ward off disease and infection, as well as to fuel cellular regeneration. We all require a healthy measure of inflammation in order to survive. What happens when the body feels as though it is constantly under an attack of some sort? What if the inflammatory response persists and you are plagued with an incessant slow burning fire inside of you? Chronic inflammation is precisely when a good thing, can go really bad.
The body is amazingly resilient but relies upon communication between the major systems within the body (the endocrine, digestive, respiratory/cardiovascular, and the central nervous system) in order to function and heal properly. In the presence of chronic inflammation these systems can no longer communicate, and the body becomes the perfect breeding ground for disease. Which system in the body is affected most can determine the type of disease that will befall you personally. In any event, inflammation is often linked as an underlying cause leading to several serious conditions from Asthma to Arthritis and many others in between, even as far-reaching as Obesity and Alzheimer’s.
Symptoms of chronic inflammation:
- Chronic body aches and pains
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Visible aging signs
- Fatigue & Irritability
- Indigestion/Acid Reflux
- Frequent infections & Slow Healing
- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Problems
- Dry Eyes & Blurry Vision
- Skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, etc.
- Weight changes/Obesity
- Urinary tract infections
INTERNAL INFLAMMATION AND ITS PATH OF DESTRUCTION
Causes of chronic inflammation:
• Environmental Toxins
• Low grade viral, fungal, and bacterial infections
• Chronic, low-grade food sensitivities
• Digestive bacteria imbalances
• Diet and Lifestyle
• Gout/Arthritis/Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid/Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Undiagnosed Joint & Muscle Pain- Inflammatory cells called cytokines lead to the production of enzymes that attack the tissues and break down cartilage in joints.
• Diabetes– Inflammatory chemicals release TNF which make cells resistant to insulin.
• Heart Disease/Stroke/Athersclerosis- Inflammation causes artery clogging
• Accelerated Aging- Inflammation causes wrinkles
• Skin Disorders/Allergies- Inflammation that releases chemicals causing imbalances and healthy bacteria destruction. Results show in both internal and external reactions and heightened sensitivities on many levels.
• IBS/Colitis/Crohn’s- Inflammatory cells are found in abundance in either or both the large and small intestines producing results that could determine your symptoms and in turn your diagnosis.
• Asthma & COPD- Both driven by inflammation of the lungs and airways. Asthma is typically the result of allergies (again still inflammation) and often referred to as a “rash” in the lungs. COPD is the result of long term inflammation that has caused destruction actually plugging the airways.
• Alzheimer’s– Chronic inflammation revs up the transportation of a protein known as amyloid beta protein into the brain leading to neurological damage.
• Cancer– A multi-faceted link driving cancer initiation and promotion as a result of increased production of pro-inflammatory mediators that mediate tumor cell proliferation, transformation, metastasis, survival, invasion, angiogenesis, chemo-resistance and radio-resistance. These molecules are activated by a number of environmental and lifestyle-related factors, which together are thought to drive as much as 90% of all cancers.
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