Chronic Inflammation and the Body
What exactly is chronic inflammation and how does it hinder the healing process?
Inflammation is the launching of the immune system in response to a prickliness or soreness, contagion, or a wound. Once inflammation takes place, it is heralded by the arrival of white blood cells to the region.
Once the issue has been dealt with by the body, inflammation should subside. The problem is when this does not occur. When the inflammation refuses to subside, then the immune system is always stimulated and in motion. It is now referred to as a condition called chronic inflammation. This is a critical situation because it sets the pace for a pre-disease environment and may lead to organ dysfunction.
How does this occur? If the inflammation does not subside, the stimulated immune and hormones have no infection to fight. They then change direction and attack the body itself causing tissue damage. The process continues onward occurring at very low levels so the individual is unaware of any pain and isn''t cognizant there is a problem. This can lead to the organ malfunction. In order for the malfunction to show up on medical tests, the organ will be 80% inoperable. At that point, there is serious cause for concern, but it may be too late to reverse the damage.
While many over the counter remedies may temporarily seem to improve the situation (such as ibuprophen or aspirin), long-term use may actually exasperate the situation due to the side affects (liver damage). A better long-term choice are foods or supplements containing antioxidants (meaning ''against oxidizing''). Their job is to reduce the movement of free radicals and their tissue-damaging activities at the source of the inflammation.
Happily, you can lower your inflammation levels through lifestyle changes, such as: nutritional support, exercise, recuperative sleep, and a positive mental attitude.