The walking wounded: how chronic low-grade inflammation sets in

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Key Facts: 
  • Chronic inflammation is what happens when the immune system is continuously engaged in defending the body against a perceived attacker
  • Inflammation may be a sign that problem food is damaging your intestinal tract, triggering 'leaky' gut
  • A 'leaky' gut allows undigested food into the bloodstream, prompting immune system attack
  • Chronic inflammation ties up energy and immune system reserves, leading to further disease

Your doctor may have mentioned it. You’re likely to have seen it written on leaflets inside prescription medicines. Common over the counter anti-inflammatory (NSAID) tablets containing ibuprofen certainly feature it. But what exactly is ‘inflammation’, and what do we mean when we talk about chronic low-grade inflammation (chronic LGI)?

Simply put, inflammation is a protective physiological reaction by your body’s immune system to attack and guard against external threats and future invasion from varying bacteria and viruses. It’s absolutely necessary for survival, and a pretty effective instrument within your immune system’s armoury to wage war on anything that could pose a risk to your health. It helps repair damaged cells after injury, following an infection or from toxic over exposure. Your immune system will send out different types of white immune cells to deal with the problem. Think of them as your very own army of soldiers, with different ranks and roles for attacking, defending and taking care of any damage your body has sustained afterwards.

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