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Inflammation: The long term effects

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Inflammation has been identified as a common factor in many lifestyle diseases. Food choices, herbs, supplements and exercise regimens now flood the market with promises to keep inflammation in check and improve health. Inflammation is part of the immune system.

That’s what kicks into gear when bacteria or harmful viruses enter our body, but when that power of correction goes wrong, a steady, low level of inflammation can contribute to the development of disease. There is also a link between obesity and some diagnostic markers for inflammation.

The reasons for this are really understood. Evidence also shows that chronically infected and inflamed gums in the mouth can cause damage that leads to heart attack and stroke. Additionally, inflammation contributes to congestive heart failure and uncontrolled hypertension, and that it somehow has a role in tangled cells that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

Inflammation can be kept at bay with prescribed medications, but even so, there are no drugs that specifically target chronic inflammation.

Weight loss can have profound effects on lowering inflammation, as well as food choices rich in fruits and vegetables, but low in fats, processed foods and sugars. Keeping inflammation in check comes down to common sense basics: eat well, don’t smoke, get moving, get more rest and see your doctor for regular physicals.

Questions:

  • Does the so-called “modern” lifestyle contribute to elevated levels of inflammation?
  • What herbs and nutrients reduce inflammation?
  • Is Vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids make a difference?

Gerald Quigley

Gerald Quigley is a practising Community Pharmacist, as well as an Accredited Herbalist. These joint qualifications give Gerald a unique overview of health from a holistic perspective. The information in his blogs will not, and never should, take the place of direct consultation with a health professional.

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