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    We all hear this buzz word in the media: INFLAMMATION.

     Let’s break it down a bit and figure out the following:

     

    ~What is inflammation? 

    Inflammation can happen in two ways.  One is called acute inflammation and it is our body’s way to heal us if we sprain an ankle, cut our finger or catch a virus.  Our immune system kicks into high gear to rush all of its healing cells and molecules to the site of injury.  This can manifest itself as heat, swelling and pain (like when we sprain an ankle) or as a cough and fever (when we have an illness).  Acute inflammation is good inflammation because it is short lived and our body is healed as a result.

    The inflammation we need to watch out for is chronic, low grade inflammation.  It is the underlying cause of most chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more.  Unlike acute inflammation, chronic inflammation does not show up as swelling or a fever.  It is much more sneaky than that.  In response...

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