We all have inflammation at some time, It is the body’s first line of defense after all. When your cells are in distress, the immune system sends its first responders — inflammatory cells — to trap the offending substance or heal the tissue. As this chain of events unfolds, blood vessels leak fluid into the site of the injury, causing swelling, redness and pain.
These symptoms might be uncomfortable, but they are essential for the healing process.
Acute inflammation comes in two types. The one everyone is familiar with, from things like spraining your ankle, hitting your thumb with a hammer or a myriad of other injuries.
The second type of acute inflammation is when your body is fighting off an infection.
As you can see, these helping avoid infections and aid in healing, inflammation, in itself, is a good thing.
But over time you can have too much of a good thing and end up with CHRONIC inflammation. Look at chronic inflammation as “Friendly Fire” when your white blood cells attack an area that is not needing repaired like your liver, heart, or any other organ or joint.
Dictionary.com defines Chronic inflammation as “Inflammation that may have a rapid or slow onset but is characterized primarily by its persistence and lack of clear resolution; it occurs when the tissues are unable to overcome the effects of the injuring agent.”
There are several causes of chronic inflammation. Here are just a few:
•Untreated causes of acute inflammation such as an infection or an old back injury
•an autoimmune disorder
•long-term exposure to irritants, such as industrial chemicals or polluted air
Although these may not cause chronic inflammation in everyone, these things are enough of a concern to keep an eye on. Even at that some cases of chronic inflammation do not have a clear underlying cause.
Experts also believe that things like smoking. Obesity, alcohol and chronic stress may contribute to chronic inflammation.
When chronic inflammation runs high, you will start to see problems wherever you are genetically weakest, like your heart, brain and other organs. One of the most dangerous things about chronic inflammation is that you cannot feel it happening.
You can stop chronic inflammation, and when you do, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding the most common causes of early death.
Next week we will talk about the dangers of Chronic fatigue in more detail