The Link Between Chronic Inflammation and Disease

By now you may already know that inflammation is a good thing in many cases. It allows your body to recover from trauma, helps it to heal when you’re ill, and protects it against foreign invaders seeking to disrupt your health.Is chronic inflammation at the root of your disease symptoms? Learn how to manage it naturally.

However, as with most things in life, too much of a good thing turns into something bad. In fact, when it comes to chronic inflammation, it can mean life or death. What are the results of chronic inflammation? How can you ward it off?

Chronic Inflammation and Disease

At the first sign of chronic inflammation you may experience some common health problems such as:

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • allergies
  • skin disorders
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure
  • brain fog
  • chronic pain

Some of these may even be mistaken for so-called “normal” signs of aging. However, left untreated, these symptoms can develop into much more insidious diseases. Chronic inflammation may even rest in your body for decades before life-threatening conditions begin to emerge.

Let’s examine a few of these diseases and see how they are related to chronic inflammation.

1. Cancer

The National Cancer Institute has this to say regarding cancer and chronic inflammation:

“Inflammation functions at all three stages of tumor development: initiation, progression and metastasis. Inflammation contributes to initiation by inducing the release of a variety of cytokines and chemokines that alert the vasculature to release inflammatory cells and factors into the tissue milieu, thereby causing oxidative damage, DNA mutations, and other changes in the microenvironment, making it more conducive to cell transformation, increased survival and proliferation. Chronic inflammation appears to contribute to tumor progression by establishing a milieu conducive to development of different cancers.”

Research continues to uncover the link between chronic inflammation and cancer, and a strong case is made for reducing inflammation to ward off the risk of cancer.

2. Alzheimer’s Disease

Over time, chronic inflammation destroys brain cells, leading to one of the most heart-wrenching illnesses of our time – Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Celiac Disease

More than just an intolerance to gluten, Celiac patients have severe consequences when they are exposed to the gluten protein found in most grains.

This is a result of chronic inflammation destroying the intestinal lining.

4. Congestive Heart Failure

Chronic inflammation leads to muscle degeneration. Since your heart is a muscle, it is not immune to the effects of inflammation. Over time, it leads to deterioration of heart muscle and, finally, to heart failure.

5. Multiple Sclerosis

Over time, chronic inflammation produces cytokines that induce an auto-immune response. In this case, your body attacks the myelin sheaths protecting your nerves.

6. Fibromyalgia

Inflamed connective tissue leads to painful fibromyalgia if left untreated.

7. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inflammatory cytokines are responsible for the attack on the joints in this debilitating disease.

These are just a few results of the handy work of chronic inflammation. If you suffer from any of these already, or if you have symptoms of chronic inflammation, all hope is not lost!

Managing your chronic inflammation starts with lifestyle changes.

Managing Your Chronic Inflammation

Although you will likely still need to seek treatment from your physician, there are many things you can do to manage chronic inflammation even if you have already been diagnosed with disease.

The process begins with changing your diet. Keeping your diet geared towards lowering inflammation involves eating lots of leafy green vegetables, avoiding inflammatory foods such as white flour and white sugar, eating only grass-fed meats, and consuming mineral-rich nuts and seeds.

Avoiding toxins is also paramount to overcoming chronic inflammation. Get rid of all household cleaners, lotions, perfumes, soaps, and deodorizers that are not derived from natural ingredients. Switch to natural cleaners such as vinegar, organic natural oils for scent (lavender, tea tree oil, etc.), and moisturizers such as coconut oil.

As hard as it may seem at first, exercising regularly will go a long way to fighting chronic inflammation. This needn’t be a grueling session of intense activity. Gentle exercises such as Pilates, stretching, deep breathing, and walking all help to move toxins out of the body and reduce inflammation.

Another simple step you can take towards reducing inflammation is getting your vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D naturally reduces inflammation, and if it gets too low it sets the stage for unwanted symptoms.

Most of us love to get a massage. However, the benefits go way beyond pure relaxation. Massage helps to eliminate toxins, reduce stress, normalize breathing, and reduce inflammation.

Want to know more about reducing chronic inflammation? Check out our latest presentation: Fight Chronic Inflammation, Naturally. You’ll learn more about the causes of chronic inflammation and what you can do about it. Check it out and see how you can feel better naturally.