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6 Common Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation - Longevity Blog

Inflammation is a natural, innate, complex and intelligent biological response to harmful stimuli in the body as a defense mechanism. Whether it is an injury or infection, the immune cells respond to the site of problem with pain, redness and swelling to heal and repair the damaged tissue. The perceived danger can come from a sprained ankle, bacteria and viruses, or an autoimmune disorder, and the immune system responds by activating certain proteins to protect cells and tissues. When the immune cells overreact, the process can gradually develop a silent and hidden inflammation which is turned against the body itself, leading to health hazards. These include organ damage and rapid aging.

Symptoms are a way for the body to give some clues that there is an internal problem. Chronic inflammation is a silent killer and, as such, it is possible to be suffering from inflammatory conditions for a long time without noticing any symptoms. Chronic inflammation can lead to a serious vicious cycle perpetuating the inflammatory response. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  1. Fatigue

Constant fatigue is a common sign of any health condition linked to inflammation. Although fatigue can be related to many different causes, the source is inflammation. Waking up unrested and feeling exhausted are not natural or normal body conditions.

  1. Pain

Aches, pains, stiffness and loss of joint function are a common sign of inflammation. The symptoms serve as an alert that there is a problem in the body.

  1. Excess weight

Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight reflect an underlying inflammatory condition as the body is not at optimal function. Food cravings and binge eating can spiral leading to further weight gain.

  1. Allergies and infections

Allergies, sensitivities to food or environment allergens are at the root of many chronic health issues. Infections are caused by pathogens (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and their recurrence can compromise the immune system.

  1. Redness and itching

Redness or itchy skin are classic signs of inflammation. An inflamed liver produces higher levels of C reactive protein, a body marker of inflammation. Acne and psoriasis are typical examples of inflamed skin.

  1. Gastrointestinal issues

Our immune systems are housed in the gut and inflammation causes bloating, constipation, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other digestive ailments. Of significant importance is the brain-gut connection and the potential health risks that can result from chronic inflammation.



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