Over the last 20 years, careful research has revealed that chronic inflammation and oxidative tissue damage caused a broad spectrum of diseases that affect western populations. Inflammation is essential for good health, but there is another side to this severe mechanism. Lifestyle choices such as daily activity and sleep habits can all play a role in how chronic inflammation manifests. According to William Davis, MD, a cardiologist and author, most modern people are boiling pots of information: hot, steamy, churning cauldrons of disordered chaotic inflammatory responses, much of them due to food choices that perform poorly for human dietary needs. Experts at Harvard Medical School confirm unchecked chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases.
There are two forms of inflammation. Acute and chronic.
- Acute: flu, a sore throat related to cold, acute bronchitis, scratches on the skin or cuts, injury or trauma.
- Chronic: untreated causes of acute inflammation, infection or injury, exposure to irritants like polluted air, heavy metals, industrial chemicals, and pesticides and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis.
Some experts believe smoking, chronic stress, alcohol use and obesity contribute to chronic inflammation. Different factors can cause inflammation; diet and nutrition are common contributors. An anti-inflammatory diet that focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, high-quality protein and healthy fats have considerable benefits.
Good anti-inflammatory habits include physical health, quality sleep, and stress management. For information on anti-inflammatory diet go to my blog for choices that you can make to help counter the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation.