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What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural process that happens in the body to protect and heal our bodies from infection, damage and irritants. It helps us to eliminate damaged tissues or cells so that they can repair. Inflammation is necessary in many cases but if it sticks around for too long it can lead to serious health concerns.
Types of Inflammation:
There are 2 types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute inflammation happens for a short period of time varying in intensity. For example, in the case of a sprained ankle, there could be swelling, pain and temporary loss of function. Or during a cold or flu, one might have a fever and a cough. This is the body's way of fighting an infection and moving it out of the body. This short period of inflammation is necessary and helps the tissues and cells repair.
A chronic case of inflammation is when it sticks around for too long. This can be very damaging to the body over a long period of time. In many cases the immune system is in overdrive bringing burden and damaging the cells in one's body. In some cases there are not many signs or symptoms at all which can eventually lead to serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, mental health concerns, fatigue, excess body fat and much more.
What does inflammation look like?
Chronic inflammation can present itself in many ways. Some may experience little to no symptoms while others may feel chronically tired, have excess body fat (especially around the belly), experience allergies, digestive upsets (gas, constipation, diarrhea or bloating), skin problems (eczema, psoriasis or blotchy, red skin), puffiness on skin or bags under eyes and even mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety.
One of the ways in which a person can be tested for chronic inflammation, especially if there are no symptoms is through a blood test by your doctor. If there are high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), this is a marker that there's inflammation in the body.
How to Prevent or Eliminate Unnecessary Inflammation:
So what can we do to reduce or eliminate unnecessary inflammation? There's a lot of evidence that shows improving diet and lifestyle can help many factors associated with chronic diseases, including reducing inflammation.
7 tips to Prevent or Eliminate Unwanted Inflammation
Do you have inflammation? How do you know or how did you find out? If so what steps have you or are you taking to reduce or eliminate unnecessary inflammation. Please share in comments!
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