by Rebecca Geiger

January 10, 2017

What is Systemic Inflammation?

In the most basic terms, inflammation is an accumulation of fluid. This accumulation of fluid causes swelling, pain and discomfort. One of the most common forms of inflammation occurs in our joints and is known as arthritis. This form of inflammation is local, or contained to one or few areas. Similarly, there is systemic inflammation that is spread throughout the whole body. This inflammation cause swelling, pain and discomfort in our whole body. You will feel this in your face, your extremities, your abdomen, your hands and your feet, just to name a few.

Inflammation is one of the phases of healing in the body and is usually a good thing. The fluid is filled with while blood cells, hormones, and nutrients that work together to get rid of the illness or heal the injury. Systemic, or chronic, inflammation occurs when there is no obvious injury and the fluid still accumulates. The cells and hormones are there for one reason and when there are no invader cells to destroy, it may start attacking the healthy cells. You have no cuts, bruises or even a cold, but your body thinks it does. Over time, if this persists, systemic inflammation can lead to many illnesses and health conditions including heart disease, lung issues, diabetes, depression, cancer and more.

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