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What’s all the talk about inflammation?

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Man wakes up from head and stomach inflammationWe talk a lot about inflammation here, and some of you have raised good questions (and answers) about what we really want to achieve. Ongoing thanks for your comments and thoughtful responses.

So what do we mean by inflammation when we lurk for the evils of sugar, grains, trans fats, and other food hogs? Ah, the many sides of the swelling: abscesses, bulges, swellings, swellings, boils, blisters, bunions, oh my! Are swollen ankles and swollen black highlights really related to inflammation of the arterial walls? Can flossing possibly help prevent heart disease? Let’s explore.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s response to infection and injury. When your body initiates an inflammatory response, the immune system brings immune cells to the site of the injury or infection to isolate the area, remove harmful or damaged tissue, and begin the healing process.

Behind the scenes, your body uses your immune system. With an injury, you can experience any combination of redness, pain, swelling, or heat. When infected, some of the same things can happen on a larger scale. Fever is an inflammatory reaction. Stuffed nose swells up.

Anyone who has walked through a door, for example, knows that an injury comes with inflammation (and a little humiliation). We may be appalled by the visual effects that result, but it’s just the body’s natural and essential response to protect itself from infection or trauma. In fact, the swelling initiates the healing process by itself. Remember, the body doesn’t care what you look like as long as it can regain your health.

Acute inflammation vs. chronic inflammation

Acute inflammation

Entering this door is an example of “acute inflammation,” a localized response caused by compression of the surrounding nerves (ouch!) The microscopic coaches are busy shouting commands, notifying the brain of injuries, the clotting reaction to retrieve and work on resetting things and taping them in place. You take care of business, you avoid human contact for two weeks because of embarrassment, and you basically get on no worse.

Acute inflammatory conditions are usually pretty mundane: ankle sprains, cuts and scratches, bumps on the head, etc. In certain cases, however, the inflammation is much more important, such as a major trauma of a heart failure car accident, severe burns, severe allergic reaction or a previously localized one Infection that spreads to other parts of the body. Serious and / or multiple sites of trauma and infection trigger a larger systemic response.

In severe trauma, the body triggers a massive inflammatory response. The immune system runs at full speed and, among other things, white blood cells migrate to the injured areas. Receptors that perceive the sweeping call for inflammatory action take part in the action. The blood supply to important organs such as the lungs is impaired. Without control, organ failure can occur.

Chronic inflammation

Ongoing health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases can trigger what is known as chronic, low-grade inflammation. This type of inflammation does not result in an immediate, comprehensive response to trauma, but rather keeps the body in a constant state of repair response. Immune cells (macrophages, monocytes, and lymphocytes) take responsibility, and a recurring, destructive process of tissue destruction and repair develops and continues until the source of the chronic inflammation is eliminated.

And this uncontrolled, persistent inflammation has serious consequences. Neutrophils, one of the cells involved in the inflammatory response, attack with the massive production of free radicals, which they perceive as external damage or invaders. You and other cells will keep pumping these free radicals and distributing them throughout your body as long as they feel the inflammation. As you know by now, free radicals also destroy healthy cell walls and DNA, causing collateral damage as well. The body’s general immune response (the ability to deal with daily exposure to bacteria, viruses, and fungi) is compromised because the system is busy taking care of the incessant, active inflammation. Long-term effects of chronic inflammation can affect the development of many other conditions from Crohn’s disease to cancer. And of course, countless studies have linked chronic inflammation with the development of arteriosclerosis (and, increasingly, insulin resistance). Remember recently we talked about the devastation that arises when arterial walls become inflamed and the body reacts with a “cholesterol patch”? Yes, chronic systemic inflammation also plays a major role here. Also insofar as chronically inflamed gums can be a tangential cause of heart disease – and if not a cause, at least an accompanying symptom of systemic inflammation.

Terrifying scenario, isn’t it? The good news is that a CRP or C-reactive protein test can give you and your doctor a better sense of your inflammation picture. Another test called hs-CRP can give a detailed picture of inflammation in relation to your risk of heart disease. When you receive these tests, be sure to do so unless you have a recent injury or illness, as CRP can persist even from the acute reaction.

Frequently asked questions about inflammation

How can you reduce inflammation?

You can reduce inflammation by walking, spending time in nature, eliminating high omega-6 seed oils, eating more seafood or consuming fish oil, losing excess body fat, exercising regularly, sleeping 7-8 hours every night , and eat lots of protein.

Which foods cause inflammation?

Whether a food is inflammatory depends on many factors, such as a person’s genetics, health status, exercise and sleep habits, gut health, and the underlying nutritional status. Foods that cause inflammation in almost everyone are refined grains, refined sugars, and refined seed and vegetable oils.

Other people may have problems with certain foods or food categories, such as nightshade family. However, it is very individual.

What causes inflammation?

Any insult or injury. Every cut, every insect bite, every scratch and scrape, every broken bone or sprained ankle causes inflammation. Every time you eat foods that you cannot tolerate or that you are allergic to, it causes inflammation. If you inhale pollen and have seasonal allergies, it leads to inflammation.

How can you quickly reduce inflammation in the body?

To reduce inflammation quickly, use high doses Fish oil can help. Black pepper turmeric can also reduce inflammation quickly. Black seed oil is another great option for reducing body inflammation quickly.

Do tomatoes cause inflammation?

Some people cannot tolerate nightshade plants, which include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. Common symptoms of nightshade or tomato intolerance are joint pain, upset stomach, night tremors and other reactions typical of an allergy.

We say what we will always say. (Systemic) inflammation sucks. Get rid of simple carbohydrates. Eliminate Stress. Exercise (but not too much). Include a primary anti-inflammatory diet. Check them out in the archives and share your comments.


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