What is Inflammation? | Vitality and Wellness

Inflammation is a complex biological response in which your body reacts to an infection, irritation, or other injury. The key features of inflammation are redness, warmth, swelling and pain. In the initial stages of an injury inflammation acts as a protective mechanism designed to eliminate harmful stimuli that causes tissue damage as well as being a major component of the healing process for that tissue.

The inflammatory response directs the immune system components from the blood into the injury site, after which a cascade of biochemical messengers propagate and mature the inflammatory response. This process involves the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue. 

Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation as we have mentioned is helpful in initial response of your body to harmful stimuli. Acute inflammation usually has a rapid onset and becomes severe quickly but is usually resolved within a few days to a week. Conversely, chronic inflammation which can persist for several weeks, months or even years, is an abnormal inflammatory response and is often known as the “silent killer”.

This prolonged unchecked inflammatory process can, over a period of time, result in the breakdown and destruction of proteins, cells, tissue, blood vessels, organs and/or joints which can lead to a number of a systemic and organ specific diseases. These inflammatory disorders are characterised by catabolism; a process in which there is an excessive breakdown of body tissues, and not enough growth and repair of these tissues.

Diseases associated with Chronic Inflammation

Acne Vulgaris Cystitis Obesity
Ageing Process Dementia Oedema
Allergies Depression Oesteopenia
Alzheimer's Disease Dermatitis Osteoporosis
Ankylosing Spondylitis Diabetes Pancreatitis
Any disease ending in "itis" Diverticulitis Parkinson's Disease
Appendicitis Encephalitis Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Arthritis Excessive Stress Periodontal Disease
Asthma Fibromyalgia Psoriasis
Atherosclerosis Gastritis Retinitis
Autism Gastroenteritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Auto Immune Diseases Gingivitis Sarcoidosis
Bronchitis Glomerulonephritis Schizophrenia
Bursitis Hepatitis Sinusitis
Candida Hypersensitivities Siogren's Syndrome
Cancer Hypertension Stroke
Carditis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Systemic Lupus Erythematous
Cellulitis Insulin Resistance Tendonitis
Chronic Prostatitis Interstitial Cystitis Tennis Elbow
Chronic Pain Meningitis Transplant Rejection
Cirrhosis Metabolic Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis
Coeliac Disease Multiple Sclerosis Urinary Tract Infections
Colitis Myasthenia Gravis Vaginitis
Congestive Heart Failure Myocarditis Vasculitis
Crohn's Disease Nephritis

What Causes Inflammation?

Alcohol Drugs Lack of Sleep
Artificial Sweeteners Environmental Toxins Leaky Gut Syndrome
Bacteria Overgrowth Excess Omega 6 Fats Nutrient Dead Food
Caffeine Food Allergies Poor Liver Detoxification
Candida Heavy Metals Stress
Cigarettes High Carbohydrate Low Fat Diet Sugar
Dehydration Junk Food Tissue Injury
Dysbiosis Lack of Exercise Viruses

What should I do if I have some of the illnesses mentioned above?

The first thing we would recommend is to establish how severe your inflammation is with an Inflammatory Markers Test. This test is available for purchase through our store and includes a comprehensive results report and treatment plan based on your results. Your results report and treatment plan may include dietary and lifestyle advice, strategies to address any underlying causes, recommended nutritional supplemental advice to help reduce inflammatory levels and a long-term plan to maintain good health.

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