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Inflammation in the body
An increasing number of medical, scientific and anecdotal sources worldwide cite inflammation as the key factor of many serious and chronic illnesses.

An injury such as a burn or cut triggers the body’s inflammatory response mechanisms, resulting in localised soreness, heat, swelling and pain. This inflammation is caused by blood rushing to the affected area as a result of the cell’s release of chemicals such as histamine and prostaglandins. This extra blood contains the body’s damage fighting cells to heal the wound.

When inflammation is chronic or not as a result of a specific injury or infection it can cause damage the body. Chronic inflammation can result from:

  • unhealed acute injuries or infections
  • long-term exposure to toxins or other irritants
  • the body’s auto-immune response
  • stress
  • food allergies
  • overeating

Some of the illnesses which are caused by or have symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Coeliac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lichen planus
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Raynaud’s syndrome/phenomenon
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Uveitis