By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
From arthritis to heart disease, asthma to Alzheimer’s; inflammation bears the blame for a variety of ailments that strike both the young and the old.
Inflammation is actually a normal, healthy biological phenomenon. It helps rid your system of harmful entities, such as: bacteria, viruses, and damaged cells.
Sometimes this response becomes overly stimulated, hindering the healing process and causing damage to your body.
Several factors can mess with this natural healing mechanism.
Poor nutrition can send your body’s inflammation response into hyper drive. Scientists have found a connection between a diet that contains a too much sugar, animal fat, and refined starches and an uptick in a person’s propensity for inflammation.
Stress is another thing that can disrupt the healing process. Your brain responds to stress by releasing chemicals, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which draw on your body’s reserves and fuel inflammation.