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Inflammation is something that happens to all of us, whether you know it is happening or not. This is often associated with something negative or harmful, however, inflammation can be necessary too. Let’s take a deeper look at what inflammation is and how this links to your genetic profile.

Inflammation can be thought of as swelling inside your body. This process forms part of your immune response and helps to protect your body from infections, diseases and injuries.

Inflammation occurs in two basic forms, including:

  1. Acute inflammation – a short-term intensive form of inflammation that resolves in less than two weeks.
  2. Chronic inflammation – a prolonged form of inflammation that can typically last for more than six weeks.

Inflammation can be caused by a large variety of factors. This includes things like diseases, injuries, exercise, certain foods and even stress. As inflammation progresses into chronic inflammation, the symptoms progress and becomes much more severe. Chronic inflammation can result in:

  • Persistent body pain
  • Constant fatigue
  • Constant insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disruptions
  • Stomach disruptions
  • Acid reflux
  • Weight gain
  • Increase in infections

Part of how inflammation is diagnosed is through blood tests for a variety of inflammatory markers. This is where your genetics begin to play a role as some individuals are predisposed to have higher levels of circulating inflammatory markers compared to others. While these inflammatory markers indicate the presence of inflammation, a lot of these markers are positive acute-phase proteins. This means that they are produced when there is inflammation but that they also produce inflammation themselves.

ImmuwellgxTM+ will help you to uncover your genetic profile and will provide an indication of whether you are more predisposed to inflammation. To find out if you are prone to having higher levels of circulating inflammatory markers, make the better choice and choose to do ImmuwellgxTM+ test today!


SickKids Staff. (2013, May 13). Inflammation and the immune system. Retrieved from About Kids Health:


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