Everyone wants to be in good health. In the ongoing search for information to improve our health, we are learning that inflammation is a key health factor. Research has shown that chronic inflammation plays a significant role in the disease process. In fact, it has been shown to contribute to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and dementia, as well as many others. We can have an extremely positive impact on our health by controlling inflammation. Over the next few weeks, we will address several ways to improve health and feel better by decreasing the inflammation in your body.
Acute vs Chronic Inflammation
First, it is important to understand the difference between acute and chronic inflammation. Think of acute inflammation as what occurs after an injury event such as stubbing your toe or spraining your wrist. In this case, inflammation is a response that happens at a local site of injury and is limited to that area. This is not the kind of inflammation that causes disease. In fact, this inflammation is actually beneficial for helping the injury heal.
On the other hand, chronic or systemic inflammation is more of a subtle biochemical response that, over time, leads to dysfunction and numerous health issues. Think of it as a slow process that builds up over time if not properly addressed. Chronic inflammation can affect the immune system and, ultimately, trigger disease process.
But there is good news! There are lifestyle choices you can make to reduce chronic inflammation and improve physical function and overall health. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we learn more about these lifestyle choices and how they affect your health. You really do have the opportunity to improve your health by the choices you make.
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