Inflammation is a necessary function in our bodies that helps to eliminate the cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissue damage from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and to initiate tissue repair. Inflammation can release chemicals from white blood cells and substances to protect us from infection from foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.
This release of chemicals does cause an increase in blood flow to the area of concern, which may cause redness, heat, and even swelling. This is our body's way of healing injured areas.
So what is so bad about inflammation? This protective process we have does bring with it the pain that we all dread. The higher your inflammation levels the higher the pain. If the inflammation is not stopped it will continue on and eventually cause joint damage. In terms of the disease process, if the internal inflammation is not stopped it will continue to cause disease in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of high levels of inflammation that can cause body damage. In cases of autoimmune diseases, the immune system will trigger an inflammatory response (even when there are no foreign invaders to fight off) and eventually cause damage to tissue in the body. In addition, chronic inflammation leads to the weight gain we all dread. Inflammation levels will need to be decreased in order for weight loss to be achieved.
Arthritis is a broad term that describes inflammation in the joints. Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include the following:
Some symptoms that are associated with Inflammation include:
loss of energy
Loss of appetite
Besides injury -what are other ways do we cause inflammation to our systems?
Foods that are processed and high in sugar can contribute to inflammation levels. Gluten and Dairy have also been known to cause high inflammatory levels.
“They cause overactivity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels,” says Scott Zashin, MD, clinical professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
In addition, other possible ways that set our systems up for inflammatory conditions include the following:
Infections: Such as H-Pylori, Yeast or Bacterial Overgrowth, Viral or Parasite Infection
Neurological: Brain Trauma, Stroke, Neuro-degeneration
Metabolic: Intestinal Inflammation, Autoimmune
Inflammation levels can be determined through your symptoms, x-rays, examination, and blood work (c-reactive protein levels). Most systemic inflammation can start from the gut and overtime reach other tissues in your body.
What foods will help decrease inflammatory levels? Vegetables and Fish are a few examples of foods that help decrease inflammation levels in your system.
Dark Leafy Veggies- Studies have suggested that vitamin E may plays a key role in protecting the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines. One of the best sources of this vitamin is dark green veggies, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and collard greens.
Fish- Most fish is full of great Omega fats that help decrease the inflammatory process.
In addition to healthy foods there are many supplements and therapies that can help decrease the inflammation in your system. Tumeric is one example that can be used to decrease inflammation levels. Chiropractic, massage therapy, icing, epsom salt baths, laser therapy, and other technologies can also help in this process.
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resources: Wikipedia, WebMD, Health.com, Mercola.com