What is Inflammation?

You hear about it everywhere, but do you really know what it is?  And more importantly, did you know that inflammation is a normal physiological process? 

If you look up the definition, you’ll find this: “A system of information flow in response to injury and infection.”  That sounds normal and harmless; inflammation is necessary for normal bodily function to occur.  Without inflammation, we cannot fight microscopic invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungus, remove damaged tissue, or even eliminate cancerous or abnormal cells.  Inflammation is meant to resolve after the threat is gone.  However, inflammation becomes a problem when there is a loss of balance, resulting in inflammatory diseases such as autoimmune, neurological, cardiovascular, inflammatory bowel diseases and cancer. 

 Dysfunctions in inflammation can happen from excessive inflammatory stimulation, excessive inflammatory response to damage, poor inflammation quenching, and/or inhibited resolution inflammation.  One of the most significant triggers is the standard American diet (SAD) which is high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acid and low in antioxidants, phytonutrients and omega 3 fatty acid. Physical inactivity and obesity will increase inflammatory adipokines which has been recognized to increase risks of cancer.  Lastly, cryostimulation therapy can assist in quenching the inflammatory process while also potentially increasing glutathione (the body’s master antioxidant).      


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