The root cause of just about all chronic disease and accelerated aging is excessive chronic inflammation. It is important to realize that there are two main kinds of inflammation: short-term and chronic inflammation.
Short Term Inflammation
An example of short-term inflammation is if you were to close your finger in a door. It will swell, turn red, and maybe even get a little warm. These are all signs of inflammation. Short-term inflammation is a normal process that your body uses in response to an injury. After a while, short-term inflammation resolves itself as part of the normal healing process.
Chronic inflammation is different. Chronic inflammation is ongoing inflammation that results in long-term damage to your body, which is then further perpetuated by the continuation of inflammation. This can be due to toxins in your body, like those found in cigarette smoke, or metabolic byproducts that your body views as toxic, like those present when there is excessive body fat. Chronic inflammation can also be brought and maintained by either physical or mental/physiological stress.
Inflammation & Aging
Do you remember back in Lesson 1 when we talked about telomeres? Chronic inflammation can accelerate telomere shortening (e.g. biological aging of your cells). Chronic inflammation can also increase the risk of chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc), which by most accounts also accelerate the aging process.
Because inflammation, in metered doses, is a natural part of how your body deals with injury or invasion by toxins/bacteria/viruses, our focus isn't to eliminate inflammation entirely but instead to control inflammation and minimize chronic inflammation as much as possible.
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