In part one of this series I provided an overview of inflammation in the body. In this part, I’ll cover the research on various diseases apparently related to inflammation. In Part III, I’ll talk about the key to successful aging and what you can do to fight chronic inflammation.
Growing up in Wisconsin, we had a summer ritual. The family would pick buckets full of piecherries from Door County. Once we got them home we would pit, and pit, and pit them. Then my mom would bake some into cherry pies and freeze the rest for future pies and crisps. Here in Colorado I have a new ritual. Peaches.
We all know it as what happens when we cut a finger, get bit by a bug, or sprain an ankle. The area starts to swell up or turn red or both. Inflammation, defined as “a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function,” happens to everyone. What we don’t often think of happening to us, is the inflammation that happens inside our bodies.