Over the last few years we’ve been hearing more and more about inflammation. It’s mentioned in news articles, on websites, in journals, documentaries, and by the medical community with increasing frequency.
So, what’s the big deal about inflammation?
In simplest terms: Inflammation is something that happens in your body to protect you but it can also harm you.
What’s good about it?
Inflammation is the body’s way to fight for you. It’s the way the body can fight infections, heal and protects itself. If you have an injury for instance, inflammation is the way your immune system hurries to the site of the injury, fights harmful bacteria, defends your body, and promotes healing.
If it’s good, why is it a problem?
When inflammation occurs over and over, and the immune system response is constantly triggered, inflammation becomes chronic and ends up damaging your body.
Studies have found that chronic inflammation plays a major role in a host of chronic diseases that plague society in ever-increasing frequency.
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Crohn’s Disease
- Fibromyalgia and more.
Many chronic diseases and conditions are linked to inflammation.
So, now that we know inflammation exists and that it can cause chronic disease, what can we do? Is there anything that can be done?
Wisdom of the Ancients
Hippocrates, was a Greek physician who lived and practiced medicine more than 400 years BCE. The ancient physician’s wisdom and depth of understanding of the human body was amazing, especially considering how long ago he lived.
All disease starts in the gut.
Over 2400 years ago Hippocrates said the words above. Isn’t it amazing that even so many centuries ago this wise physician theorized that all disease starts in the gut?
Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that it took us 2500 years to realize that Hippocrates was correct. Imagine that!
Read more tomorrow when we will discuss what we can do to battle inflammation — become “un-inflamed”.