What is Inflammation?

You have heard the term inflammation, but have you ever thought about what it really means?  A lot of times the first thing that comes to mind is when you sprain your ankle and it starts to swell. Or, when you get stung and it becomes red and raised. This inflammation is considered to be a more acute response.

The other type of inflammation, known as chronic inflammation tends to happen within the body and can usually be associated with another underlying condition. The most common examples of issues that can cause chronic inflammation are rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer’s. When something is wrong your immune system is triggered and inflammation is the defense mechanism. An overactive immune system will cause this chronic inflammation which can cause many issues.

What can you do to reduce inflammation?

The ultimate goal is to decrease inflammation. This can be done in a variety of ways such as increases in physical activity, quitting or reducing smoking, or consuming foods and drinks that have been shown to reduce overall inflammation. Another way to potentially experience relief from inflammation may be a high quality CBD product.

Stay tuned for further information on more specific ways to reduce inflammation!