Dr. Tim Martin shares his perspective on inflammation from his years of experience as a primary care physician and wellness champion.
The human body has many mechanisms to respond to foreign substances, injury and illness. Inflammation is one of them. There is a purpose for it, but like a good houseguest, once the visit is over it needs to leave. A common and often undetected condition, it’s important to have the facts about this issue.
1. What is Inflammation?
It is the process of your immune system uses to defend you from viruses, bacteria, infections and toxins. It is also the beginning of the healing process.
2. Causes of Chronic Inflammation
How does temporary inflammation turn into chronic inflammation? Several factors contribute and it can last months or even years.
Not everyone will experience chronic inflammation and some cases don’t have a clear underlying cause. Research has shown that factors such as smoking, alcohol use, chronic stress, sugar, fried foods and processed foods and can contribute to long-term systemic symptoms.
3. Identifying the Issue
Chronic symptoms are usually much more subtle than the pain, swelling, heat or redness from the acute version. Common symptoms include:
These symptoms can range from mild to severe with different durations.
Once symptoms begins to move from the acute stage to chronic, don’t let it settle in and overstay its welcome! From the foods you eat to the way you manage stress can exacerbate or alleviate chronic symptoms.
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With increased awareness and diligence, you can throw water on the flames of chronic inflammation and enjoy LifeLong Health.