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What are the negative effects of inflammation?

Shawn Talbott, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Inflammation causes the tissues in our body to break down faster and is considered to be the root cause of many diseases, including cancer. Watch nutrition expert Shawn Talbott, PhD, explain why it's so important to get inflammation under control.

Inflammation is our bodies’ natural response to injury or illness, helping us to survive. It’s what helps kill an invading bacteria or virus, for instance. In today’s world, we are at the mercy of too much inflammation all around. An overreactive inflammatory response is what triggers allergies and some autoimmune diseases, like arthritis. The response can also be misdirected, causing more skin damage and pain instead of less. To make matters worse, the presence of excessive free radicals, AGEs, and cortisol combined is like coarse salt in the wounds, leading to so-called hyperinflammation.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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