With asthma, acute im­flam­ma­tion is trig­gered

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DI­A­BETES AND IN­FLAM­MA­TION

Ex­perts aren’t sure which comes first – high blood sugar or chronic in­flam­ma­tion – but they do know in­flam­ma­tion is the main cause of di­a­betes com­pli­ca­tions. Chronic in­flam­ma­tion in­jures blood ves­sels, lead­ing to dam­age through­out the body.

FIBROMYALGIA

Al­though fibromyalgia is not gen­er­ally be­lieved to be an in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion, there is ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing some type of in­flam­ma­tory process may be con­tribut­ing to its on­set and/or pro­gres­sion.

ASTHMA

With asthma, acute in­flam­ma­tion is trig­gered and re­sults in a tem­po­rary nar­row­ing of the air­ways that carry oxy­gen to the lungs, lead­ing to asthma symp­toms like cough­ing, wheez­ing, short­ness of breath, and chest tight­ness. But be­sides these episodes of acute in­flam­ma­tion, an un­der­ly­ing chronic in­flam­ma­tion of­ten ex­ists in the air­ways, even when no trig­gers are present. Asthma is a se­ri­ous con­di­tion so it’s im­por­tant to take your pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion, but mak­ing changes to your diet and en­vi­ron­ment could make a big dif­fer­ence.

HOW TO GET BET­TER

Treat­ing in­flam­ma­tion is a process. You can’t just take med­i­ca­tion to treat the symp­toms. It’s okay to do that while you’re work­ing on elim­i­nat­ing the cause, but the only way to stop chronic in­flam­ma­tion from ru­in­ing your health is to make per­ma­nent changes to your diet, mind­set and life­style. Work­ing out what foods you’re sen­si­tive to, what tox­ins you are ex­posed to and what you could be do­ing that trig­gers in­flam­ma­tion in the first place is the an­swer. Speak to a natur­opath or in­te­gra­tive health doc­tor about try­ing an elim­i­na­tion diet, or hav­ing test­ing to iden­tify your in­flam­ma­tion trig­gers.

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