Inflammation: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Inflammation is a process that occurs naturally in the body when white blood cells and chemicals work to protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. This natural form of inflammation is beneficial to the body as we do need some degree of inflammation to stay healthy, however inflammation is also the route to all disease. It is a big red flag that needs to be addressed and understood before it leads to more serious conditions.

Inflammation Causes Symptoms and Treatment

If your immune system begins to trigger inflammatory responses when no threat is present, then this can lead to excess inflammation in your body. Excess inflammation is linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases, ultimately depending on which areas or organs the inflammation is affecting.

  • Inflammation in your heart causes shortness of breath or fluid retention
  • Inflammation in the tubes that transport air to your lungs can cause an asthma attack
  • Inflammation of the kidneys can cause high blood pressure or kidney failure
  • Inflammation of your large intestine can cause cramps and diarrhea

Inflammation controls our lives. Obesity, pain, ADHD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, type 2 diabetes, thyroid issues, dental issues and cancer are all forms of inflammation.

In order to get to the root cause you must first look at the gut and diet but before that:

Differences Between Chronic and Acute Inflammation

When you have an injury or infection, it is the role of inflammation to protect and heal your body. This is “acute” inflammation which typically runs a short course and has the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function or movement

When inflammation becomes chronic, this means that the body no longer has the ability to turn off the inflammatory response and tissues in the body begin to get damaged, it’s known as the “silent killer.” 

Chronic inflammation can go on for years without you even noticing. It is not until something like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis develop that we notice it. And even then, most people still do not see the link between inflammation and these conditions.

How do you get Chronic Inflammation?

A malfunctioning and over-reactive immune system can be the cause for chronic inflammation.Underlying issues typically begin in the diet, as many of these “problems” are actually due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating oxidized or rancid fats and sugar will increase inflammation in your body, while consuming animal based omega-3 fats or the essential fatty acid GLA helps to reduce them. Other inflammation triggers are GMO, cow (A1) dairy, grains, nightshade vegetables and gluten.

All of the following can increase your risk of chronic inflammation:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Eating a poor diet
  • An existing heart condition
  • A family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes that is poorly controlled
  • A sedentary lifestyle (little or no exercise)
  • Smoking
  • Long-term infections
  • Gum disease
  • Stress

Where does Inflammation begin?

Your gut is made up of a semi-permeable lining that is only one cell thick and is similar to tissue paper, yet the surface area of your gut can cover two tennis courts when stretched out flat.

Your gut’s permeability can fluctuate in response to a variety of conditions. When the gut is more permeable, “leaky gut” arises, which is when food and toxins can travel in and out of the digestive tract.

You should know that all of your feelings create physiological changes and stress is no exception. Stress can cause digestion to shut down and it affects everything from the amount of blood flow to the digestive tract, how your digestive muscles contract, and how many enzymes are secreted for digestion.

Stress can cause inflammation of the digestive system and make you more susceptible to infection. If you are stressed and then sit down to eat, partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast and bacteria have access to your bloodstream from your permeable gut lining.

When the intestinal lining is repeatedly damaged, the microvilli in your small intestine, which absorb a lot of nutrients and enzymes, are unable to do their job properly. When foreign objects enter the blood stream, the body creates a response through inflammation, allergic reactions and other unfavourable symptoms

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