Inflammation is the body’s natural response to damaged cells, viruses, and foreign bacteria. It is our body’s amazing way of self-healing. However, when inflammation becomes chronic is can wreak havoc on our bodies in the form of multiple diseases and conditions. It is believed that inflammation is actually at the root of most diseases.
More often than not, modern medicine seems to be aimed at treating the symptoms, pains, and aliments that we are facing verses helping us to dig deeper to find and combat the root of our problems. It would appear to be easier and much quicker to just address and diminish the symptoms rather than to figure out the true cause. This is a misconception and rather dangerous health mindset though. When inflammation is at the root, the symptoms, diseases, and conditions that follow can be life altering or threatening.
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums and the surrounding bone structure. Asthma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and even high blood pressure have been linked to chronic inflammation. The list goes on and there is still medical research that needs to be conducted and studied, but all arrows seem to be pointing at chronic inflammation as the root of all evils in our bodies.
The good news though is that chronic inflammation can be reduced and even prevented. A lot of it is linked to our lifestyle choices. Inflammation is increased by certain behaviors such as excessive drinking and smoking, lack of exercise, high body fat, poor diet, bad oral hygiene habits, and even mismanaged or constant stress. Simple lifestyle changes can monumentally affect our health even so far as our longevity. It is far easier to take small steps toward potentially preventing maladies such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease rather than try and fix ourselves after a diagnosis. Let us show you how as we continue this mini series.