What is Chronic Inflammation? Causes, Symptoms, and How to treat

by | Jan 19, 2022

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a normal body response needed when an injury happens or germs make their way into our bodies. It’s the body’s way of defending and healing. You can feel the fire aspect of inflammation through the heat in your skin at sites of infection and injury. You’ll notice redness, swelling, pain through fever and aches when dealing with internal inflammation.

Chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation shows the sign of autoimmune disorder, food sensitivities, it can also pinpoint health issues like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and other common health problems.

It is the consequence of a confused immune system that begins attacking not just foreign cells, but the body’s own healthy and normal ones as well.

By addressing chronic inflammation, common confusing symptoms like chronic fatigue, brain fog, headaches, digestive imbalance are often helped. A person can feel more in control of their illness, as chronic inflammation can be managed a great deal better with changing diet, exercise, and stress habits.

Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation:

  • General malaise
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Pain, swelling, redness, and rash in various areas of the body

Conditions Involving Chronic Inflammation:

  • Autoimmune Disorders – such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease and more, featuring chronic inflammation as the result of an immune system attacking the body
  • Diabetes – Whether type 1 or 2, the body’s inability to process sugars creates chronic inflammation throughout the body.
  • Heart Disease – Inflammation of the arteries is a signature aspect of heart disease as the result of plaque buildup, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • Depression – low-grade inflammation has been found present in the brains of those with clinical depression.

How to treat chronic inflammation naturally:

  • Improve diet and avoid inflammatory foods (i.e. processed sugars and foods, gluten, excessive animal proteins, alcohol)
  • Introduce healing foods, supplements, or herbs that are anti-inflammatory in nature (i.e. organic foods, high-fiber foods, Omega-3’s, anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric)
  • Avoidance of stressful factors – and where clients cannot avoid stress, suggest de-stressing techniques
  • Recommend regular exercise whenever possible
  • Manage a healthy weight

By changing lifestyle, how would it impact:

  • More energy and less fatigue
  • Mental clarity and banished brain fog
  • More health and longevity
  • Better weight management, even weight loss over time
  • Slowing down of cosmetic aging
  • Reduction of autoimmune or other illnesses symptoms