Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.
Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, cardiovascular issues, arthritis problems, certain headaches, obesity, asthma, skin problems and even Alzheimer’s disease.
However, in some health conditions, the body’s defense system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.
The causes of long-standing inflammation can be related to lifestyle factors such as:
- Junk foods, including too many sodas & sugar products, alcohol & tobacco
- Too many grains or gluten products for some individuals
- Poor gut health
- Not enough high-water content food (veggies & fruits) and not drinking enough pure water
- Anxiety & lack of sleep
- Little or no exercise
- Some medications
- Sometimes things don’t work well in the body due to lifestyle and genetic issues that may contribute to chronic inflammation: Adrenal gland insufficiency & liver/kidney/lung disorders can also be contributing factors