Chronic Inflammation: What Does It Look Like?

Chronic Inflammation: What Does It Look Like?

I recently wrote an article about what inflammation is. Yet many people are still unsure what chronic inflammation actually looks like, especially before we’re diagnosed with a serious ailment.

Chronic inflammation will look different in each of us depending on multiple factors: our genetics, our environment, our stress load, and even the food that we eat. Depending on what your main stressor is will determine – more or less – what your chronic inflammation will look like. It’s the idea of nature vs. nurture. How much do our symptoms depend on our genetics compared to our environment? One thing is for certain is that if you are genetically predisposed to chronic inflammation that it won’t take too much environmental influence to generate chronic inflammation.

Chronic Inflammation: What does it look like?

So what does chronic inflammation look like? Here are 10 symptoms that are most commonly seen among those suffering from chronic inflammation.

1: Excess belly fat

That stubborn weight that you can’t seem to work off, no matter how hard you try, is probably a result of chronic inflammation. Then that fat, in turn, secrets even more inflammatory compounds. Thus the cycle perpetuates.

2: Puffy face or under-eye bags

Same as above, when inflammatory compounds, like C-reactive protein (CRP) are flowing through your body, excess fluid can be stored causing the puffiness.

3: Gum disease

While a part of this can be due to poor oral hygiene, genetics and systemic, chronic inflammation can cause gum disease to develop or make gum disease worse if you already ha

4: Digestive issues like gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea

Digestive issues mainly stem from poor food choices. When consuming unhealthy foods, you negatively affect your gut bacteria (see my series on this HERE) leading to a permeable gut along with the symptoms listed ab

5: Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, or blotchy skin

Skin health is directly related to gut health. Acne, eczema, uneven skin tone all are signs of systemic inflammation

6: Allergies

If you’re constantly suffering from allergies and getting very little relief from standard treatments, one source of your allergies may be chronic inflammation.

7: You’re always tired

Chronic fatigue is an indicator of chronic inflammation thanks to your body not being able to recover from the constant onslaught of inflammatory compounds being released in the body. Reduce the inflammation and improve your energy levels.

8: Brain fog, depression, and other mental issues

Gut health is directly linked to brain health (see my post on this HERE). If you’re having difficulties concentrating, forgetting things that you used to easily remember, having sudden symptoms of depression all could mean you’re dealing with chronic inflammation.

9: High blood glucose

This goes hand-in-hand with the excess belly fat. In fact, Type-2 diabetes is usually a response to chronic inflammation, which is why you can essentially eliminate symptoms through proper diet and exercise.

10: Erectile dysfunction

This last one is for the men in the crowd. If you’re having issues keeping an erection, then start taking a look at sources of inflammation in your life.

Do any of these come as a surprise to any of you? Stay tuned for ways to combat chronic inflammation and start reducing these top 10 symptoms and more.

10 Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation

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