Acute Vs. Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation can be simply defined as the body’s natural response to protect itself against harm. However, inflammation can also be sorted into two basic types, chronic and acute.

Possible Symptoms of Inflammation

  • Redness
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Warm to Touch
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite

Acute

Acute inflammation is the process the body uses to defend itself against cuts and other injuries. White blood cells create visible redness and swelling as they protect the injured area. Without this type of inflammation, simple cuts could lead to serious infections.

Chronic

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can occur from disease or other lifestyle factors such as poor diet, stress, excess weight, etc. It can also occur when the body processes something it believes is a foreign or unwanted substance. This is a similar process to what occurs during a food sensitivity. Foods that the body cannot digest properly are targeted as foreign by the immune system which then utilizes inflammation as a means to eliminate the unwanted food.

The best way to prevent inflammation of this kind is to be aware of your food intolerances. Pay attention to what you eat and the way in which your body reacts to it. And, even more so, be aware of the delays between the consumption of foods and your body’s reaction, as these can make it more difficult to pinpoint the specific foods you are intolerant to.

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