Recognize Chronic Inflammation?

Recognize Chronic Inflammation?


What is Chronic Inflammation?

Acute inflammation and chronic inflammation are two different types of inflammation that have distinct characteristics and causes.
Chronic inflammation is an ongoing and prolonged state of inflammation that can last for weeks, months, or even years. It is not a normal or healthy response like acute inflammation, and can lead to tissue damage and contribute to the development of various diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cancer, and heart disease. 
Chronic inflammation can have a wide range of symptoms that can be subtle and not easily recognizable. Some common symptoms that tend to go un-managed by most people in general include:
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Aches and pains, especially in the joints
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Skin problems, such as rashes or eczema
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, constipation, or stomach cramps
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular menstrual cycles

Tests for chronic inflammation 

Common tests for chronic inflammation include C-reactive protein (CRP), and Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Other tests like Ferritin, Fecal calprotectin, Rheumatoid factor (RF), and Antinuclear antibody (ANA) are also used.

Reducing chronic inflammation 

Certain dietary and lifestyle changes may be helpful in removing chronic inflammation triggers, weight loss being the most effective change. Along with diet, supplementing with Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids, Curcumin / Boswellia, Fiber, Green and black tea polyphenols, Antioxidants, and Sesame lignans have been identified as helpful in reducing chronic inflammation.

Learn More:

Inflammation: What You Need to Know

Blood Tests to Detect Inflammation

Why and How to Start an Anti-Inflammatory Diet


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