Inflammation 101 guide

One of our authors studied inflammation as a major topic focus of my Nutrition Masters, so we’re quite passionate about the topic.

But the interesting thing here is that we are not just talking about arthritis, which is what people commonly think of, we are talking about a low-grade inflammation that can occur in the cells of your body.

CharacteristicAcute InflammationChronic Inflammation
DurationShort-term (days to weeks)Long-term (months to years)
SignsRedness, heat, swelling, pain, loss of functionOften subtle, tissue remodeling, scarring
Cellular InfiltrationNeutrophilsMacrophages, lymphocytes, other immune cells
CauseInfection, injury, irritantsProlonged infections, autoimmune disorders, irritant exposure
PurposeEliminate cause, initiate healingCan lead to tissue damage, contributes to chronic diseases

It is quite amazing because all throughout research studies today it is well understood that inflammation is at the base of most conditions. In fact it under lies most diseases today.

the difference between acute and chronic inflammation

So what we need to do is understand what is happening in the body, and then use food and lifestyle strategies to help reduce the inflammation occurring.

Conditions Influenced By Inflammation

Reducing inflammation can be helpful for all types of conditions from:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Obesity and stubborn weight
  • Depression
  • Insulin resistance
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid issues
  • Autoimmune dysfunction or disease
  • Digestive issues and dysfunction

That’s a big list, right?

And I can share with you here that your diet is one of the biggest influencing factors on your overall inflammatory status.

Understanding Inflammation

Here are some great articles from the GFE blog to help get you started in understanding what’s happening in your body when inflammation is occuring. Just click on the links below to access the articles.

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