Inflammation: A Natural Healing Response

We all know what happens when you get a cut. It’s red. It hurts. It might swell or even become warm. While there are certainly more severe cases, this is a common example of inflammation.

Inflammation is part of your body’s natural healing process. When your body detects an injury, infection, or toxic substance, it sends white blood cells to the area to repair the problem and fight off pathogens to support your recovery. This process can cause temporary discomfort in the form of redness and swelling.

Not all inflammation is helpful, though. Your body may run into trouble if it mistakes something normal for an injury or infection. Autoimmune diseases like lupus or arthritis are examples of this. The body mistakes its own healthy cells for foreign ones. When it attacks those healthy cells, it may cause unnecessary inflammation and injury.

When the immune system overreacts like this, the body may maintain a low level of inflammation. Studies have linked chronic, low-grade inflammation like this to conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in the arteries), eczema, and psoriasis. Inflammation may also play a role in weight gain and brain function.

 

The Gut Microbiome & Inflammation

The good news is that the gut has been shown to help regulate your body’s response to possible threats.  Certain beneficial microbes in your gut produce anti-inflammatory molecules known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) when they digest and ferment fiber. SCFAs can enter the bloodstream, where they can help regulate inflammation outside of the gut.

While what you need to support your microbiome may differ from your neighbor, there are three microbe-produced molecules that may play a role in regulating inflammation in your body: butyrate, propionate, and polyamine.

Curious about your levels of the microbes that produce butyrate, propionate, and polyamine? Explorer™ can help! You’ll get an inside look at what’s going on in your gut microbiome and receive actionable, research-based insights.

 

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