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    What is Chronic Inflammation and How to Guard Against It

    Posted: October 20, 2015

    Chronic inflammation can be tough to diagnose. The various types of tissues in our bodies respond differently to inflammation, and the substances that mediate that inflammation also differ.

    In addition, signs of chronic inflammation resemble those of other ailments, so the symptoms can often be harder to spot. Another challenge in detecting chronic inflammation is the fact that much of the process takes place internally.

    Not all inflammation is bad. Without minimal amounts of inflammation, especially in times of cell damage, the body heals itself. Problems arise when the body cannot stop the process of the inflammatory response to damage, so the inflammation keeps growing and never settles down before it’s needed again.

    However, if left untreated or undiagnosed, chronic inflammation can result in more serious issues such as thyroid disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 2 diabetes.

    Some common triggers for severe inflammation include excess alcohol intake, artificial flavorings, bacteria, dairy, fats, man-made preservatives typically found in processed food, and stress. Because we all have stress, it can be hard to determine if it’s a trigger for inflammation. However, if stress begins to affect your immune system, brain function, and overall body function, it may be causing severe internal inflammation.

    Knowing the triggers can help you make changes to your diet and everyday activities to guard against this serious illness.

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