There are two types of inflammation – acute inflammation and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation is usually short-term and is a result of an injury (like a sprained knee or ankle) or illness ( like a sore throat). This type of inflammation can usually be relived through medicine.
Chronic, or internal, inflammation is not so easy to identify because you typically don’t feel immediate pain. This type of inflammation is a result of your body determining there is a foreign object that it can’t figure out how to get rid of. Your white blood cells “swell”, trying to rid the body of the foreign object. Other symptoms may include weight gain or looking “puffy”, stomach bloating and/or gas, and general aches and pains.
Candida, or yeast, lives in your GI tract. A small amount is okay and won’t impact your digestion; however, if you have an overgrowth of candida, your gut can become inflamed.
When I am experiencing a flare-up, there are certain foods I avoid until I feel my GI track is back under control. Candida and yeast thrive off of these foods, so avoiding them for a few weeks will help you clean out your system of these toxins.
Remember to consult your doctor or nutritionist if you have any questions about chronic inflammation or any other health concerns.