Yes, you read that right. Inflammation is vital for our survival,ok but why ?-Inflammation is what helps to healing damaged areas of your body.
However, when inflammation continues even when there is no threat from foreign invasion, it becomes a problem. There are many health conditions associated with inflammation. depression, cancer, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes, among others all have links to chronic inflammation in your body.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your immune system’s response to illness and injury. It sends a signal to your system to defend against foreign microbes such as bacteria and viruses, and to heal damaged tissue. If you did not have this response, you would not heal from illnesses and wounds. Inflammation becomes problematic when your system has inflammation for too long or when inflammation occurs in your body when there is no problem.
There are two types of Inflammation: ACUTE & CHRONIC
When you get a cut, sprain your ankle or have a sore throat, your body responds with acute inflammation, this is your body’s response to a local problem. Signs of acute inflammation include swelling, pain, heat in the area and sometimes temporary loss of function in the area affected. The blood vessels dilate to increase the blood flow and cause the damaged area to swell and turn red.
White blood cells flood the area to help heal the injured or damaged part of your body. The damaged tissue sends out signals for help, your body responds by sending in hormones, nutrients and immune cells to repair the damaged area. Under normal circumstances inflammation subsides gradually as the area heals.
Chronic inflammation can have long-term negative effects when your body produces constant low levels of inflammation. This type of inflammation can contribute to developing other health conditions.When you have this type of inflammation, your body thinks there is an internal threat to your system even though you are not sick or have not injured yourself.
The immune system responds by flooding the area with white blood cells. But there is nothing for them to do and they have nowhere to go. If this happens, they can attack healthy parts of your body instead.Suffering with chronic inflammation can develop conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis. This occurs when there is a disruption to the ability to turn the substances that fight inflammation on and off.
By now you are getting a good idea why it's important understanding inflammation is vital for your survival not only for healing but to stem autoimmune failure.
When your body is not sending “off ” signals, your system keeps releasing immune cells when there is no need for them. This can cause all sorts of damage resulting in the rise of adverse health conditions.
In our current environment, we often live with low levels of inflammation. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, stress, and chemicals in our food and water are all triggers our bodies have unwanted intruders. Our lifestyles and environment are complicating the body’s immune responses. And also, any other signs of problems that may be present in your system.
10 Health Issues Chronic Inflammation Can Cause
- Heart Attack
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Bowel Disease
Inflammation contributes to so many of the common diseases we deal with today.
Your lifestyle, diet and environment all contribute to chronic inflammation. It is important to have a healthy lifestyle to reduce the inflammation in your system. As you get older, your inflammatory controls can weaken which is even more reason to provide your body with the support it needs.
The foods you eat can affect inflammation in your system. Your body recognises anything foreign in your system such as pollen, chemicals or a microbe, and it triggers a response. It responds with inflammation to protect you from these foreign invaders.
Changing your food habits to an anti-inflammatory diet, by introducing foods that reduce inflammation can help to prevent potential health problems. Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help keep you healthy into the future. You don’t have to do everything all at once. Just gradually start doing a couple of things on this list each week.
Before long you’ll be eating way better and feeling way better too.
- Reduce the amount of fast food you eat
- Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit
- Drink more water
- Eliminate sugary drinks from your diet, your waistline will thank you too.
- Add supplements such as Omega-3 and turmeric to your diet.
- Plan your meals and snacks in advance, and take a shopping list with you when you go shopping.
- Get a good night's sleep.
- Take some regular exercise, even a twenty minute walk each day will help.
- Eat the right amount of calories for your situation and do not overeat.
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