What inflammation is?
Inflammation is a natural active defendant that the body creates to fight against harmful cells, viruses, bacteria and any other pathogen that we can encounter within our daily environment. Inflammation’s main objective is to protect, however, it also acts as an eliminating healer.
The process of inflammation within our human body is essential. When inflammation is triggered, it makes the body create antibodies and proteins that immediately increase the blood flow around the affected area. Inflammation is often considered beneficial when it helps us from getting infected, but when it surpasses the average healing time is considered a red flag.
Types of inflammation:
- Acute inflammation
This type of inflammation starts and disappears in a matter of days. It can be a result of skin lesions or external tissue damage. Symptoms often manifest on the skin.
- Warm sensation
When injury comes from within the body, few external symptoms may manifest.
- Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation becomes chronic when it lasts for months or even year's. This condition can negatively affect any organ of the human body. Chronic inflammation keeps our immune system in a constant red alert state, making our organs and tissues collateral damage.
A few symptoms may be:
- mouth ulcers
- chest pain
- abdominal pain
- Joint pain
How does chronic inflammation negatively affect our body in the long term?
The constant red alert state triggers an immune system response that in a way can start damaging cells and tissues from healthy organs.
- heart disease
- arthritis rheumatoid
- multiple sclerosis
- chronic peptic ulcer
- type 2 diabetes
- systemic lupus erythematosus
- ulcerative colitis
- active hepatitis
- neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer
What are the possible causes of chronic inflammation?
As of today, there are many possible causes that can lead to chronic inflammation. The most common ones will be mentioned below.
Unhealthy diets, chronic stress, food allergies, sedentary lifestyle, immune system disorders, overweight and obesity, unhealthy habits, intestinal bacteria, high levels of contamination exposure, untreated inflammation, autoimmune disorder and more.
Likewise, there exists a lot of food that can increase the chances of causing chronic inflammation like sugar, saturated fats, foods with high levels of omega 6, carbohydrates, flour, alcohol, fried food, red meats and processed meats among others.
Treatments for inflammation
The most recommended method for controlling inflammation is by keeping a balanced diet in which the ingestion of fruits, vegetables, fresh greens, water, beans, herbs, spices, proteins, tea, omega 3, turmeric, Bromelia, olive oil, tomatoes, greasy fish, cherry, blueberries and orange. All the above helps to manage inflammation.
These nutritional recommendations are usually complementary with good exercise and meditation. These practices have shown people that they work on the body and mind, helping reduce inflammation.
Your body is your temple and you should take care of it as what it is. Is your duty and responsibility. Getting to know your body and providing the best for optimal performance is golden. Don't dub on embrace habits that preserve this natural armour that protects you day by day.