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What is silent inflammation?
And how on earth can inflammation be silent?
Silent inflammation is simply inflammation that falls below the threshold of perceived pain.
That’s what makes it so dangerous.
If you don’t take steps to stop it, it smolders for years, if not decades, eventually erupting into chronic disease.
We can’t emphasize enough how strong the link is between silent inflammation and life-threatening chronic diseases.
If you have high levels of silent inflammation in your body, even if you’re not actively sick, it means you simply can’t be well.
Ironically, inflammation is the life-saving part of your immune system helping to fend off bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other invaders.
It also helps damaged tissue repair itself from injury.
Without inflammation we’d have no way to repair the damage constantly inflected on us.
But inflammation also has a dark side if it isn’t turned off.
Study after study shows many ways chronic inflammation does great harm to your body.
It has a damaging effect on arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
It destroys nerve cells in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
It depresses your immune system and helps promote the formation of cancerous tumors.
Basically, silent inflammation is the exact opposite of wellness.
It lays the groundwork for chronic disease.
What’s more, it’s become an epidemic in America.
The good news is you can do something to change your future if you’re now on a path to chronic disease.
You can achieve a state of wellness when it’s still early enough to head off heart disease or diabetes.
This, of course, requires you to take action.
First you need to find out whether you’re in a state of wellness or on the path to disease.
If you have excess body fat, eat poorly, and get little exercise, you’re probably heading down the wrong track – that should be fairly obvious.
But measuring the extent of silent inflammation in your body will show just how bad off you really are.
What’s amazing, though, is your state of wellness can now be measured scientifically.
Blood tests can reveal your amount of silent inflammation.
If you have high levels, you need to take the next course of action and move into the “anti-inflammation zone,” which is the path back to wellness.
The Insidious Nature of Silent Inflammation
All pain is ultimately due to inflammation.
You notice inflammation if you have swelling in your joints and tissues, but you really begin to pay attention when it creates pain.
This kind of inflammation presents itself as what we call screaming pain.
You know it when you have it.
You probably deal with it by reaching for an anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen.
If those over-the-counter drugs don’t work, then you may reluctantly go to your physician for more powerful drugs.
If you ask your physician what inflammation actually is, he or she will simply tell you it’s very complex.
This is medical shorthand for saying, “I really don’t know, but it’s probably bad.”
In fact, the primary focus of medicine since the beginning of time has been the search for compounds to reduce pain.
Although pain medications can be very effective at giving temporary relief, they’re can’t stop what’s causing the inflammation in the first place.
Let’s take this one step further.
Let’s say you’re lucky enough not to have a condition causing chronic screaming pain.
You think you’re feeling just fine.
You might still be suffering from the dangerous effects of chronic inflammation below the threshold of perceived pain.
Your body suffers without complaint from this silent inflammation.
You don’t feel the pain of this type inflammation as it relentlessly takes a toll on your brain, your heart, and your immune system.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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