I’m willing to bet the answer’s yes to at least one, and possibly more, of these inflammation-related illnesses. Inflammation also causes many ‘sub-clinical’ symptoms. That is, symptoms you put up with but may not be bothered visiting the doctor for. These include headache, abdominal cramping and bloating, poor concentration, low mood, general aches and pains and lethargy or fatigue.
Therefore, reducing inflammation can greatly enhance quality of life, as well as significantly extending it. In fact, without question, the single most important thing anyone can do to improve their lives is to pay attention to the signs of inflammation – and do everything they can to reduce it.
But before telling you about how to reduce inflammation, it’s important to explain a few things about what inflammation actually is, and why it happens in the first place.
The purpose of inflammation, believe it or not, is to protect the body from harm. Or at least to protect it from further harm. Put simply, inflammation is a natural process in which immune cells, such as white blood cells, proteins and fluid, are attracted to a site of injury (or “insult” as doctors call it) within the body.
The classic example is if you were to twist your ankle – within minutes your ankle would be hot, swollen and painful. Think of this as the body getting all of the materials required for repair to your ankle, while at the same time giving you the sensation of pain. That’s to stop you standing on that ankle!