Inflamed!

Inflamed!

Chronic inflammation has been linked to chronic illness around the globe — from heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease to colitis, Crohn's disease, diabetes, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. Although a short-term inflammatory response is a vital part of strong immune function, chronic inflammation can be a slow-moving bullet that targets and damages multiple body systems. The microbiome — hundreds of thousands of microorganisms that colonize the gastrointestinal tract and other parts of the body — plays a key role in regulating inflammation, which has generated strong interest in the health of the gut. Can we nurture the microbiome ecosystem, sustain gut health, and keep inflammatory diseases at bay?

Aspen Ideas: Health