Inflammation... what does that mean and can we do anything about it?
Inflammation is the body's mechanism to protect itself. It does this by removing anything harmful in your body while initiating the healing process. So why are so many people trying to get rid of it?
Initially inflammation can be very beneficial to the body in the short term, say when you wack your elbow or skin your knee. The tissue swells and the healing process starts all due to the mechanisms of inflammation. This is know as acute inflammation which is vital for our survival of physical injury, infections, or any immune responses.
When inflammation persists or serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes illness or what is known as chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation has been connected to chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and depression.
Certain lifestyle factors can promote inflammation, especially when they occ...