inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against harm. It is the body's attempt at self-protection to begin the healing process. This process is called acute inflammation. However, Long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years is called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, autoimmune disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Simply put – this harmful inflammation is the “mortal enemy” of your health. It can damage your heart and brain, throw your digestive system completely out of whack, make your joints stiff and achy, and even ruin the color and texture of your skin. More and more scientific research is clearly showing that silent inflammation is the common link that fast-tracks aging and makes us look and feel old before our time.
Many diseases have been attributed to chronic inflammation. Some examples include Asthma, Cancer, Heart disease, Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Obesity, Periodontitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sinusitis, Type 2 diabetes, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and other autoimmune disorders.
So reducing silent inflammation throughout your body may be the single most important thing you can do on a daily basis to look and feel your best.
Let’s take a deeper look into the ugly side of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can result from the following:
Numerous risk factors have been identified that promote a low-level inflammatory response. These include age, obesity, diet, smoking, low sex hormones, stress, and sleep Disorders. Can you think of what most of these risk factors have in common?
The risk factors (besides age) are controllable through lifestyle changes!
That is why I will spend the remainder of this month discussing some ways to prevent chronic inflammation.
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Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.