Gut Inflammation: Here Is Why It Is Cause For Concern
25 Nov 2015
Gut inflammation is not just any inflammation. Gut inflammation is the key to your wellness or the downfall of your health. Let’s take a look at the difference between acute and chronic inflammation.
Gut inflammation is chronic inflammation
There are two types of inflammation that affect the body at any given time. These are known as either acute or chronic (systemic) inflammation. They are not isolated solely to the gut, however, the gut can be the source of many hidden illnesses. Gut inflammation is linked to skin disorders, emotional disorders, and even autoimmune disease.
What are the differences between acute and chronic inflammation?
Acute inflammation occurs after a cut or scrape in the skin, an infected injury, a sprained limb, acute infections etc. It is short-term and the effects are known subside after a few days of medication and medical care.
Chronic inflammation, however, is long-term. It occurs in “wear and tear” conditions and can often be the source of additional illness. Prime examples are osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. Lifestyle and environmental factors, such as weight, diet, exercise, stress, can lead to chronic inflammation. Gut inflammation is one example of how stress can affect the digestive system and have a knock on effect with the immune system.
Acute inflammation is perceived as “good,” mainly because it is the body’s attempt to heal itself. However, chronic inflammation is seen as “bad” thanks to its destructive capabilities.
Whether acute or chronic, inflammation, it is important to sit up and take note. Your body is telling you that there is a problem. It is natures way of making us aware of issues that we might not otherwise acknowledge.
Did you know?
Inflammation can be reduced with the right foods!
Inflammation is a common thread connecting the body with most chronic diseases, including cancer and gut disorders.
To help keep inflammation at bay eat plenty of omega-3 rich foods, like fresh fish and flaxseeds, leafy green vegetables and berries.