Acute inflammation (such as when you twist your ankle and it swells up) is your body’s natural response to trauma or injury. It’s actually a good thing. It helps jumpstart the healing process, kicking it into action once the inflammation fades. What we’re about to talk about here is something different, called chronic inflammation, which isn’t the same thing as acute inflammation.
If acute (short-term) inflammation is a good thing, chronic (long-term) inflammation can be described as a good thing gone bad. Chronic inflammation is a natural process that has overstepped its bounds and started to create more problems than it solves. It’s what happens when the acute inflammatory process isn’t turned off completely.
Chronic inflammation isn’t exactly as localized or simple as a twisted ankle, though. It arises from many different forms of trauma or injury, many of which we can’t feel and don’t realize. Maybe you unknowingly eat a lot of a certain food that inflames your digestive system every time you eat it.Or maybe you consume too many carbohydrates, leading to high blood sugar you may not know about. Maybe your liver isn’t working the way it should and it can’t completely clear out metabolic wastes from your cells and organs. Chronic inflammation is like a small fire smoldering, getting rekindled every time it is fed, and spreading to other places and systems in the body, undetected and out of control.
Conventional medicine is only now starting to recognize what various forward-thinking doctors and other practitioners of natural-minded medicine have known for a long time: chronic inflammation plays a critical role in disease and premature aging. It is found at the root of most chronic “diseases of civilization”, especially cancer, heart disease, diabetes, premature aging, cognitive decline, autoimmune conditions, hormone imbalances, allergies, and more. Controlling and reducing inflammation is key to getting healthy and feeling good.
When it comes to addressing chronic inflammation, however, the medical establishment still has it all wrong. Most doctors still don’t run complete testing to evaluate inflammation. Harsh, toxic pharmaceuticals completely miss the point, often doing more harm than good.