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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jerod Posey

What is Inflammation?

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Bottom Line:

If you’ve ever cut your finger or twisted your ankle, you have first-hand inflammation experience. The redness, swelling, pain, and heat are all hallmarks of the inflammatory process. In some ways, this is the first step of the healing process as your body begins to repair the injured tissue. However, another side to inflammation can be extremely damaging to your overall health…chronic inflammation.

Why it Matters:

Chronic inflammation occurs when the body is unable to complete the healing process. Your immune system may continue to produce white blood cells that create oxidative stress for months or even years. This long-term stress, and chronic inflammation, have been linked to cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Some risk factors for chronic inflammation include smoking, obesity, poor diet, stress, and sleep disorders.

  • Chronic inflammation is a long-term inflammation that can last for months or years.

  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease have been linked to chronic inflammation.

  • Reducing stress through exercise & diet can help reduce chronic inflammation and make you healthier.

Next Steps:

You can reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation naturally with a few simple steps. Researchers have discovered that daily exercise and weight loss can cause a dramatic reduction in chronic inflammation. Additionally, reducing the stress on your muscles and joints through Chiropractic care may provide additional benefits to curbing chronic inflammation.

Science Source(s): Understanding Inflammation. Harvard Health Publishing. 2019

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