In simple terms, inflammation is our immune system’s response to anything it interprets as harmful or irritating to the body. This inflammation in some cases is good and helps our body do everything from heal damaged skin to spur muscle growth after exercise. However, chronic inflammation can also be terrible and most times can be linked directly to most chronic disease and illness.
Acute Inflammation VS. Chronic Inflammation
Not all inflammation is harmful to us. Generally speaking, inflammation is the body’s first response to healing. If you bump your head, scrape your knee the inflammatory response the body creates is a good thing. This signals your body that you are hurt and so the healing process can begin. This is known as acute inflammation and once it’s purpose has been served. And the body has already started to heal the inflammation will subside naturally.
Chronic inflammation occurs when a threat is continually sensed by the body. And so the body keeps its inflammatory response active for long periods. One of the most significant contributors to chronic inflammation is due to the fact. The standard North American diet consists of eating omega-6 to omega-3 in an utterly unbalanced ratio. The latest reports show that we are now consuming Omega-6 to Omega-3 at a 20 to 1 rate.
The most beneficial ratio would have us eating these Omega-6 to Omega-3 at a 1 to 1 or maximum 2 to 1 ratio. Omega-6 is a pro-inflammatory fat that converts in the body into pro-inflammatory hormones also known as bad eicosanoids. These short burst pro-inflammatory hormones put the human body in a chronic inflammatory state. And are the root cause for most inflammatory conditions.
The ongoing stress of, chronic inflammation keeps us in a constant, dangerous state of high-alert. Which can eventually damage our heart, brain, and other organs? Conditions like heart disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, and even asthma can be directly linked to this inflammatory response.
Signs Of Inflammation
If you’re dealing with a chronic disease like cardiovascular disease, poor circulatory health, arthritis, chronic fatigue, allergies, chronic inflammation is likely a significant problem for you.
Below are signs that you are most likely dealing with chronic inflammation.
While acute inflammation can result in temporary pain, Chronic pain throughout the body. Particularly in your joints, is a common sign of chronic inflammation.
Left unattended it will eventually become inflammatory arthritis. The immune system releases an inflammatory response. And the white blood cells end up attacking joint tissue which will be worn down over time.
Chronic inflammatory conditions will often be linked back to fatigue or lethargy. This can often be related to poor circulation or plaque build up in the arteries. This forces the heart to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. And makes it nearly impossible for the heart to synthesize enough nitric oxide. To properly support oxygen required in the body, specifically the brain.
Experts believe that chronic inflammation in the body not only has a powerful impact on our brain and nervous system. But also affects our mitochondria, the powerhouses in our cells responsible for producing energy.
When chronic inflammation compromises your immune system, you are much more susceptible to catching colds, flu or other viruses. The chronic inflammatory response in the body has the body weakens. The body’s immune system and its ability to defend itself against outside threats. So, not only can chronic inflammation likely leave you more prone to getting sick. But it can also make the symptoms of the illness that much worse, too.
Because chronic inflammation can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract over time. Things like acid reflux, diarrhea, and constipation can become an issue at any time. If untreated over a long period of chronic inflammation can lead to severe IBS like Crohn’s disease. Which is essentially chronic inflammation of the digestive tract lining.
High levels of inflammatory, can generally be linked to hormonal imbalance. On average, people diagnosed with major depression show typically increased activity of the inflammatory system.
Being overweight not only means carrying around a few extra pounds but it also says that your body is in low-grade systemic inflammation.
Inflammation is often times the culprit in causing us to carry around excess water weight.
How To Fight Chronic Inflammation:
Luckily, you can do a lot to help reduce chronic inflammation and get your body back to a more balanced state, and you can do this in less than 5 minutes a day. The easiest, most straightforward way to help reduce chronic inflammation in the body is helping to balance the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in your diet. Specifically, EPA.
EPA is one of the essential fatty acids found in fish oil will help starve our inflammation and help reduce inflammation in the body. Permanently Omega-6 is converted in the body into something known as arachidonic acid, this acid then uses an enzyme to transform itself into a proinflammatory short burst hormone also known as a “bad eicosanoid.”
EPA starves out the inflammation because this special essential fatty acid found in fish oils competes for the same enzymes as the arachidonic does to convert itself. It, therefore, helps reduce inflammation by starving out the inflammation and then converting itself into short burst anti-inflammatory hormones also known as “good eicosanoids.”
These short burst hormones help reduce inflammation in the body, help widen blood vessels and improve blood flow and heart health. 🙂 🙂