Inflammation can be a good thing or a bad thing. It all depends on if it is acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the “good” kind of inflammation. Acute inflammation occurs as a result of a infection, scrape, cut, or a foreign object.
More about Acute Inflammation
There are four signs of acute inflammation: redness, heat, swelling and pain. These signs set the stage for healing and repair. They send chemical signals throughout the body to help. This helps to fight infection, and speeds up the healing process. It protects the body.
Chronic inflammation is the type you don’t want. It is the type associated with pathology. Some of the problems associated with chronic inflammation include arthritis, cancer, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, dementia, and more. The suffix “it is” means inflammation. For example: bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the whites of the eyes.
A Significant Threat
Chronic inflammation is one of the most significant health issues many of us will face today. It’s been linked to everything from chronic pain to a wide range of other mild and serious medical conditions.
What Causes Chronic Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation can be caused by lifestyle choices (poor diet, lack of exercise), autoimmune disorders, insufficient rest, unresolved infections, exposure to toxins, drinking alcohol in excess, smoking, exposure to pollution or chemicals, obesity, and other factors.
How to Decrease Inflammation
- Eat right: fruits and vegetables are high in natural antioxidants and may protect the body against inflammation. Decrease or eliminate sugar consumption.
- Anti-inflammatory Supplements: these include fish oils, turmeric, ginger, boswellia, bromelain, resveratrol, spirulina, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, green tea extract & garlic. [Contact our office for where to buy the best supplements at the best prices].
- Exercise: get at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise three times per week.
What to Do Next
Inflammation can interfere with eating, sleeping, or moving as well as you would like. If this is happening to you, schedule an appointment with us. Together, we’ll analyze your habits and create a plan to get you and your well-being back on track.