Acute Inflammation vs Chronic Inflammation

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Inflammation is a part of life! Our bodies work to protect us from injury. Injury happens all the time, we stub our toe, get a paper cut, bite our tongue, or have one too many drinks.

Cause of inflammation
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Acute inflammation is the common red, raised, hot and painful injury often caused by cuts, bruises, and sprains. This type of inflammation can often be seen by the eye and this can make it easier to treat: Ice, raise, antiseptic creams, plasters, casts, or bandages.

Chronic inflammation is when the source of injury is prolonged, and the inflammatory cascade doesn’t stop (the process our body goes through to protect us). This inflammation is often not directly seen – it’s the symptoms it produces that are commonly seen.

What can contribute to chronic inflammation

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Stress
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathing difficulties

Chronic inflammation, depending on where its located can also contribute to the development of conditions such as IBS/IBD, fatigue, brain fog, thyroid health, fertility issues, weight loss and weight gain, leaky gut, anxiety, depression, and more!

Can you treat chronic inflammation?

Yes! Naturopathic treatment incorporates a holistic view of any condition, depending on the cause of the chronic inflammation, lifestyle modification factors such as

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Drinking 2-3L of water per day
  • Self-reflection
  • Increasing anti-inflammatory foods such as blueberries, nuts, seeds, and fish

Can help decrease inflammation, support condition management and reduce the risk of future complications.

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