Inflammatory Conditions

Inflammation is the body’s normal and healthy reaction to injury or infection. Redness, swelling, heat, and aches and pains are the cardinal signs of an inflammatory response regardless of where it occurs in the body.

 

Inflammation is a complex chemical process involving immune cells, blood cells, and signaling chemicals that all coordinate together to heal damaged tissue as well as destroy any invading bacteria and harmful organisms.

 

Inflammation is a very necessary process in the body. But there is a risk, however, when inflammation is not able to turn off, and becomes prolonged. The immune system begins to actually damage the affected tissues, and then those tissues release inflammation activating chemicals and a feedback loop is created that spins out of control.

 

When inflammation becomes prolonged and difficult to deactivate, it is called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation greatly increases the risk of developing a large number of serious medical conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.

 

Though it is disputed that chronic inflammation can actually cause disease, there is a tremendous volume of research that shows a strong correlation between chronic inflammation and disease, including cancer.

 

FAQ

 

How is inflammation related to disease?

 

Chronic, i.e. prolonged inflammation has been shown to increase the risk of developing serious diseases that include rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer. Not to mention the dozens of autoimmune disorders that are defined by large amounts of inflammation present in various organs and tissues.

 

What causes inflammation?

 

Almost any injury or infection causes an inflammatory reaction in people with normal immune systems, but inflammation can also be triggered by food allergies and toxins like heavy metals, pesticides, petrochemicals, and other hazardous substances that make their way into our food and living environment. Inflammation can also come from infections in the intestinal tract from bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

 

If inflammation is necessary to heal the body and cure infection, how can it be a bad thing?

 

It is only harmful to the body if it becomes chronic which means that it goes on much longer than necessary or doesn’t go away at all.

 

How do I get rid of inflammation?

 

Getting rid of inflammation, using natural medicine, is a very individualized process. Each person has unique triggers that correspond with elements in their diet and environment that must be eliminated. The level of sensitivity from one trigger to the next also varies from person to person. Though many people can share triggers, and there are many universal causes of inflammation, the only way to effective eliminate it is to discover each person’s individual triggers and eliminate them.

 

 

Summary

 

Discovering and eliminating the sources of chronic inflammation in the body has become a widely recognized method of not only greatly reducing symptoms, but also affording protection against developing serious medical conditions. Because each person’s triggers are unique to them, it requires close guidance and consultation from a qualified medical professional who understands how to properly test for inflammation and to construct effective programs to eliminate the inflammation.