What is Inflammation?

whats-inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s innate healing mechanism that counteracts harmful stimulus that you may encounter. It is a necessary and beneficial process when you have an injury, infection or other harmful interaction.

Inflammation is coordinated through a complex interplay between your nervous system and immune system. It is a cascade of chemical reaction to promote tissue healing and recovery. It is a healthy and important process for survival.

There are two kinds of inflammation:

1) Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation happens within seconds, it’s a quick body response to the injury. Possible signs of acute inflammation are redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function.

It may also be related with general flu-like symptoms such as

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle stiffness

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2) Chronic Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation is a long term inflammation that is far more dangerous because it occurs on a widespread, insidious cellular level. It is also known as a silent killer because it leads to variety of cell and tissue damage.

Chronic Inflammation is caused by a variety of factors:

  • Consuming a lot of refined and simple sugars and carbohydrates
  • Excessive exposure to mental or emotional stress
  • Eating trans fats and other food additives
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • A general sedentary lifestyle (sitting a lot)
  • Possibly a negative emotional attitude
  • Spinal injuries and nerve interference
  • Smoking and drug use
  • Excessive coffee consumption

 

Examples of disease and conditions caused by chronic inflammation are:

  • Heart Disease
  • Joint Pain and Pain Syndromes
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic Complication
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

The inflammation process is an important process to heal our wounds, infections and injuries. However, chronic inflammation can cause detrimental effect on your health.

A high diet in refined carbohydrates is the leading cause of inflammation. Insulin is the driver.

Your Nervous System and Your Health

The health of your spine and nervous system is the foundation of your overall health. The most important thing you can do to improve your health is to correct your subluxations and restore 100% nerve supply in your body so you can move towards core healing.

Your dietary habits however play a major role in your overall health and vitality. There is a very important connection between the health of your nervous system and your ability to get the most out of your dietary habits.

Stay tune for our next blog post as we talk more about what should you eat and what you should avoid for healthy living.

About the Author:

Dr Zachary Donnici

Dr. Zak was the founding vice president of World Chiropractic Alliance (Singapore), a leading vitalistic professional chiropractic association in Singapore and also served as the association’s president. Through the association. Dr. Zak is a highly sought after speaker on natural healthcare and peak performance. He has given talks to many companies and organizations including Hewlett Packard, The Singapore Ministry of Education, NYK Shipping and many more.

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