Inflammation is the bodies natural response to insult and injury. Most often inflammation is acute, or in response to a specific injury. For example if you twist your ankle the immediate response is pain, swelling, warmth, and redness at the site of the injury. In the acute phase of inflammation our bodies are well served by this response. The pain and the inflammation help to keep the injured area from further injury by immobilizing the area. The warmth and redness are a result of a rush of blood to the injured part of the body so that the body can use its white blood cells to begin to repair the injured area.
In cases of chronic inflammation the response can be compared to a histamine like response. The more you are exposed to something the greater the immune response. In today’s toxic world chronic inflammatory diseases are becoming more and more common place. We are constantly exposing ourselves to pollution, pesticides, and processed foods it is no wonder that our bodies are rejecting the things we are putting into them. The result of the constant insult from these chemicals is chronic inflammation.
Constant stimulus from chemicals and or allergens leads to chronic inflammation which in turn leads to chronic disease. Diseases like Crohn’s disease, and Inflammatory bowel disease are the direct response to chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Pharmaceutical medications that suppress inflammation by suppressing the immune response are only a temporary band-aid. Suppression will not solve the problem if the person continues to expose themselves to the offending chemical or food. Drugs used for suppressing inflammation like Prednisone, if used long-term, can actually cause more harm the good by suppressing the bodies natural immunity for so long that tumors are allowed to grow.
The best treatment for chronic inflammation would be to remove and or limit as many environmental and known food offenders as possible. Pesticides and heavy metals have the ability to accumulate in a person’s body. While it is true that we can never completely eliminate all offending chemicals from our environment, we can limit these things. Switching from harmful cleaners and laundry detergents to more natural cleaners like castile soap and essential oils can help limit the toxic burden in our homes where we spend the majority of our time. We can eliminate or limit known food sensitivities by eliminating common offenders like gluten and casein from our diets. Stress is something that often times is out of our control, but we CAN do things to counteract our stressors such as exercise, yoga, and meditation. These are just a few of the things we can do to give our bodies a hand in keeping us healthy and free from chronic inflammation and there for never get to the point of chronic disease.
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