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The general public, as well as a significant portion of the medical community, is still generally unfamiliar with chronic inflammation. Illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, certain types of depression and many others all have a clear inflammatory component. But researchers have recently discovered a new, rapidly growing epidemic: silent inflammation, which quietly eats away at your health and, many years later, becomes a chronic illness. It won’t reveal itself through any kind of loud demonstration, as would a fever. Rather, it will cause general fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, in short, a whole series of annoyances which will make us underestimate the seriousness of the problem. This is why it is important and sometimes even vital, to recognize inflammation, in order to prevent or treat it.

The good news is that you can take back control, and permanently so, thanks to changes in lifestyle and nutrition. The key is our hormonal balance, and more specifically a particular group of local hormones called ‘eicosanoids’. Keep them in balance and your future will be bright, let their balance fade and you will feel the consequences. Bad eicosanoids feed the inflammation which is responsible for practically all chronic illnesses. Silent inflammation is actually a sign of unbalanced homeostasis. It attacks our heart, our brain, our immune system before we can even feel its symptoms. Three hormones, if they are over-produced, can directly or indirectly trigger the silent inflammation process and lead to chronic illnesses; eicosanoid, insulin and cortisol. Each one of these three hormones contributes, alone or in combination with the two others, to this insidious chronic inflammation, when they are over-abundantly secreted.

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