It’s part of the body’s brilliance, inflammation. We wouldn’t get far without it, because inflammation is how our miraculous bodies respond to threats such as infection or injury. Inflammation refers to a whole set of responses that swing into action to protect and heal. It is a part of the body’s immune response.
A range of remedies such as white blood cells, immune cells, and substances called cytokines are ushered to the places where they are needed. A close-up on one of the more remarkable parts of the inflammation response is the body’s release of neutrophils – a particular type of white blood cell filled with tiny sacs that contain enzymes to digest microorganisms.
At the site of injury or infection, the flood of these specialized cells does its designed job, defending the body against bacteria or viruses, bringing nutrients to damaged tissue, helping clear out debris. Swelling, redness, warmth, and even pain can result from the pressure and sensitivity added by all this activity, so it can be hard to recognize inflammation as your friend.
Too Much of a Good Thing
And, in fact, although inflammation is doing important work, it can indeed become a problem if it becomes chronic. Prolonged, uncontrolled inflammation plays a part in almost every major disease. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even depression often carry an inflammatory component and inflammation becomes part of a spiral that enables the disease to progress, not just responding to disorders, but triggering them, too. While swelling near the skin’s surface, or in a joint is usually noticeable, inflammation can often go unnoticed when it is present in an internal organ.
Acute inflammation is recognized in certain forms as familiar diseases. Bronchitis, and even a sore throat, is a form of acute inflammation. On the more serious side, tonsillitis, appendicitis, and even meningitis are other examples of acute inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can last for months or years. It is often the result of the body’s failure to get rid of the original infection or irritant. Asthma, ulcers, even tuberculosis and hepatitis, are diseases that stem from chronic inflammation.
What You Can Do
There is a school of thought that aging and longevity have a lot to do with keeping inflammation to a minimum. For a whole lot of reasons, it makes sense to take an active part in controlling it, and at Genesis4Wellness, we can help.
Certain foods that are part of most people’s diets can contribute to inflammation, including dairy, cheese, red meats, sugar, and even vegetable oils. We can help you assess your sensitivity to them so you can arrive at a diet that suits your body’s own inclinations. Naturally, there are other foods we like to encourage, because of their anti-inflammatory properties. They include easy ones such as tomatoes, broccoli and berries, as well as leafy green vegetables, nuts, and olive oil.
Treatments for specific inflamed areas, such as ultrasound, can be used to promote circulation and reduce swelling to calm inflammation.
At Genesis4Wellness, we can be you ally in charting a plan that keeps inflammation on the side of healing and avoids sustained or chronic conditions, as a part of your own path of well-being. Let’s get together and talk over the approach that works for you.