Inflammation is our immune systems way of alerting our body to something wrong. While ‘Acute’ Inflammation – as a result of a cut, scrape and physical injury – is a normal part of the healing process, chronic inflammation however, is a sign of a more serious underlying problem with potentially serious consequences.

While there is much discussion over whether chronic inflammation is a symptom or a cause in many of the health conditions it has been linked to – it should be taken as a warning sign that the immune response is not working as it should.

Understanding Inflammation

Unlike acute inflammation – chronic inflammation usually develops as a result of one or a combination of the following:

  • Stress and environmental toxicity such as pollution of our air, land and water.
  • Medicines and vaccines, such as antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors acid reflux drugs
  • Poor lifestyle choices, e.g. lack of exercise, smoking, high alcohol consumption and poor oral hygiene.
  • Diet – typically high in sugar, saturated fat, processed foods and lacking in fiber and diversity

It is usually linked with

  • Dysbiosis, an imbalance of bacteria in your gut that causes your immune system to overreact.
  • Autoimmune diseases, e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.


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