Inflammation is our body's method of protecting itself; without healthy inflammation our bodies would never heal.
However, chronic inflammation can eventually cause several long-term diseases and conditions, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hay fever etc…. To lessen the chances of those mentioned diseases and conditions inflammation should be controlled as early as possible.
- Relevant causes - harmful bacteria or injury to tissue
- Duration – presents itself shortly after the cause, but lasts only a few days
- Consequences - the inflammation either gets better or develops into an abscess, or could change to chronic inflammation
- Examples – ingrown toenails, influenza, scratches and cuts on the skin
- Relevant causes - pathogens that cause persistent inflammation, infection with some types of viruses, overactive immune system reactions can also mistakenly attack healthy tissues
- Duration – could last for several months and even years
- Consequences - constant destruction of tissue, thickening and scarring of tissue and eventually death of cells or tissues
- Examples – asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic active hepatitis
- Caution - Some inflammation can occur deep inside the body and in organs that have no sensory nerves. You may not feel the inflammation in those cases.
Workable Lifestyle Suggestions
- REST, an overly-stressed person is more likely to have a non-stoppable inflammation response
- People that have heavy body weights were found to have considerably higher levels of white blood cells, which could ultimately cause internal inflammation - so start to shape up!
- Good personal hygiene and frequent hand washing helps combat bacteria and viruses that could lead to chronic diseases.
- Eat well and exercise; lesser toxins in your liver and blood will calm down prolonged inflammation of the body easier
- Avoid chemicals, it could cause your immune system to react erratically
- Include more alkaline food and drinks to your diet
- Control your blood glucose level