Both Sides of Inflammation

Inflammation? Doesn’t sound good, does it? Turns out it’s both good and bad.

On one hand, good (acute) inflammation is an element of the body’s healing response to infection, toxins and tissue damage. Cut a finger, sprain something or contract a respiratory infection, and the immune system reacts defensively. The resulting pain, swelling, redness, heat, fever or tingling are to help in the healing process. By killing germs and establishing a line of defense, acute in­flammation helps to prevent a problem from worsening.

On the other hand, bad (chronic) inflammation is a potential horror story. This type can trigger a long list of disorders, including arthritis, asthma, blood flow issues, cancer and diabetes. In fact, it is believed to be at the core of disease.

As the word “chronic” implies, this type of inflammation is persistent, so your body is on guard constantly. This is a problem. For example, if inflammatory cells are present for too long in blood vessels, the result can be an increase in plaque buildup. This can lead to thickening of the arteries, which increases the likelihood for a stroke or heart attack.

A hallmark of the AIM mes­­sage is nutrition. Eating plant-based food is associated with les­sening the ravages of bad inflammation and supporting good inflammation. AIM provides concentrated forms of plant nutrients. While not promising to diagnose, mitigate, treat or prevent disease, there’s a wide variety of whole-food concen­trates and natural health prod­­ucts fea­tured in the 2019 Living Well catalog that may alleviate the bad kind of inflammation.

Do yourself a favor: eat nutrient-dense foods and take AIM supplements. Since its founding, AIM has been advocating healthy choices that remain true. Along with good habits that include exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water, consuming anti-
inflammatory, antioxidant-rich whole foods and supplements are in­vestments in yourself that can pay a lifetime of dividends for your immune system.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and CoCoa LeafGreens and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

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