Inflammation Is Just Another Word
For Cellular Damage
So what’s the connection? Where’s all this fire coming from?
Used to be you might have only heard about inflammation in regards to an injury or in relation to arthritis. Both are usually local forms of inflammation and related to a natural healing response or an injury plus a deficiency of substances needed to maintain joint function.
Inflammation Is Not Always a Bad Thing
Fevers are just an inflammatory response needed to kill off and clear out something from the body. So inflammation is not always a bad thing. It depends on the situation.
But, Chronic Inflammation IS a Bad Thing
The inflammation we’re hearing about now in relation to chronic illness is generally caused by a lack of nutrition over a long period of time combined with a daily dose of bad food.
Whenever you consume artificial sweeteners or colors, MSG, preservatives or rancid oil, it causes a cellular reaction. That reaction is inflammatory because it’s causing cellular damage.
Cellular damage is negated by naturally occurring antioxidants and other nutrients that either bind to these toxins or create substances that assist the body in getting rid of them.
Plant food has the highest amount of these protective nutrients per calorie and hence the term “nutrient dense food”. That’s why they are so good for you. Plant food in its natural state, without all of the additives, is your best bet for preventing inflammation in the first place for another simple reason. The more of it you consume the less room you have for the other junk.
Chronic illness is related to long-term consumption of too many nutrient-deficient foods loaded with inflammatory chemicals that stress the body’s defenses and over a long period of time homeostasis breaks down.
Since all chronic illnesses share a link to excessive inflammation it’s easy to see why having one chronic condition usually is a precursor to getting another one.