Flameless: Inflammation has commonly been known to be part of the body’s healthy response to injury and infection, but research suggests that it may also be the root cause of many diseases and accelerate the ageing process in the average person. Acute inflammation is a healthy response which serves to protect and repair the body from something damaging,whether that be an infection in a cut or a strained muscle. Evidence of acute inflammation can be seen in scabbing, redness, pus, and swelling.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is not part of the body’s natural healing process. Chronic inflammation is a condition where dilated blood vessels and a hyped up immune system become the new norm. The human body isn’t designed to cope with this unfocused immune activity, and eventually chronic inflammation will cause organ damage. Chronic inflammation is associated with the alteration of cell signaling pathways, which results in increased levels of inflammatory markers, lipid peroxides, and free radicals, causing cell damage and eventually leading to the clinical symptoms of disease, including obesity; diabetes; cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and inflammatory bowel diseases; and certain types of cancers.
Oxidative damage is a major contributor to the inflammatory response as well as the functional decline that’s characteristic of aging and diseases of aging. Inflammaging is a chronic low-grade inflammation that develops with advanced age. It is believed to accelerate the process of biological aging and to worsen many age-related diseases.
Stress, lack of exercise, poor diet and insufficient sleep are all major contributing factors to chronic inflammation. Thankfully, it is within our power to alter these factors for the better. Also, nature has provided us with many potent anti-inflammatory herbs and other supplements.