10 Common Symptoms that may be Related to Silent/Chronic inflammation
- acid reflux
- joint pain
- high blood pressure
Often chronic inflammation is referred to as “the silent killer”. It sounds dramatic but it’s the cause of many chronic and/or debilitating diseases such as autoimmune, heart disease and cancer to name a few. It’s quite different than acute inflammation (ie. abscess) where your body’s immune activity is aggressive but short term. In the case of an abscess, an infectious organism or foreign material may cause an inflammatory response in the body, which triggers the body’s immune system to form a capsule to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. Chronic inflammation happens over time and you may not notice it until a symptom that you think is totally unrelated pops up. Something such as a migraine headache from time to time or high cholesterol levels and even weight gain. Your immune systems top priority is to defend against outside threats and keep you balanced. Chronic inflammation is a continued response and there is no resting because it’s job is never done like an acute response. Chronic inflammation processes can be the bronchial wall in chronic bronchitis/asthma or the debilitating destruction of the joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic disease is a serious problem here in the United States. The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly half the population in the United States of America lives with at least one chronic disease. The pharmaceutical industry is a billion dollar business in the U.S. alone and it’s only growing. To matters worse, a lot of the side affects from prescription drugs cause more illnesses especially statin drugs or medications for acid reflux. All those illnesses that end with “itis” are all related to chronic inflammation.
It has become a serious problem and is only going to get worse unless we take control of our health. The very food you are eating could be making it worse as well as the right food can make you feel better. Which is why bio-individuality is so very important. What’s good for one might be bad for another person. Good nutrition can make all the difference in getting you there. Getting healthy takes time and patience is a virtue ~ you didn’t get sick overnight and it may take a while to regain your health depending on the cause. There is no magic pill or potion that is going to make it all disappear so why use a band-aid approach to cover symptoms.
Research shows it’s preventable so eating an anti-inflammatory diet is a start in the right direction! You need to turn off the inflammatory response! A lot of these diseases are thought to be normal as we age. There is nothing normal about joint pain. Yes, if you are sedentary for most of your life you might expect to be stiff but it’s never too late to add movement to your life. Yoga is an excellent practice to add to your life at any stage. The benefits of yoga go far beyond the exercise. It’s a mind, body and spiritual practice that can also bring lots of peace to your life. Stress itself is another issue that adds to inflammation in your body. The list goes on and on. Let’s take control of our health, you know your body better than anyone else. Listen to it!
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or contact me directly. And, of course never discontinue a medication unless consulting your physician or medical provider.