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Feb 18, 2014

What is inflammation?

It would be a fair assumption that most of us have suffered from some form of inflammation during our lives…. Whether it be an infected graze; sprained ankle or ingrown toe nail the basics of the bodies inflammatory response are exactly the same.

If I went around a room of strangers and asked everyone what they perceived was the meaning of inflammation I think 90% of responses would be something along the lines of ‘the pain and redness that you get when you hurt yourself’ and generally that’s pretty spot on. But why does this response take place? And is it harmful to the body?

Inflammation is the biological response that your body undergoes in response to a  ‘threat’ whether it be bacteria, virus, cell damage ,fungus, parasites, trauma or toxic chemicals.  In most situations this is an effective protective mechanism to eliminate the injurious stimuli and initiate the healing process.

To live a healthy balance lifestyle small amounts of inflammation in the body are essential BUT it is possible, and interestingly becoming more and more common for the inflammation process to get out of hand with the consequences ranging from fueling chronic disease to weight loss problems.

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Categories General Issues Health and Wellbeing Tags inflammation chronic disease acute inflammation swelling chronic inflammation tissue damage pain