Inflammation is the bodies initial biological response to a pathogen or injury. Inflammation releases prostaglandins, a key role in the generation of the inflammatory response, but in result causing chronic pain in the body. The bodies five key physical signs of inflammation are:
Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to infection and injury. When functioning optimally, inflammation is a profoundly valuable event that leads to the elimination of offending factors and the repair of tissue structure and physiological function. Inflammation is an essential component for the body to attempt to heal itself. Unfortunately, chronic low level systemic inflammation can be the cause attributed to many harmful diseases.
Factors for Chronic Inflammation
A primary role in arthritis, diabetes, cancer, stroke, neurodegenerative, and cardiovascular disease is inflammation. All of these diseases correlate to chronic inflammation. In some people dietary factors such as processed foods, glutin, eggs, wheat, milk, sugars and other foods can trigger different pathways of systemic inflammation . Certain herbs and spices can decrease and regulate inflammation such as: ginger, cumin, turmeric, and boswellia to name a few.
How Do NSAIDs effect Inflammation?
Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) block the enzyme to produce prostaglandins, a very important component for the healing process. As a result, ongoing inflammation and pain are reduced. Taking NSAIDs can increase the risk of stomach ulcers and excessive bleeding due to the reduction of prostaglandins produced in the body. Prostaglandins function to form blood clots, therefore, the reduction of prostaglandins can lead to a multitude of problems. Examples of NSAIDs include Voltaren, Celebrex, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and many more. Many times people will take NSAIDs like its candy. Next time you go to take a pill really think about how your body could further be damaged.
How to Naturally reduce Inflammation?
Let’s think about other natural alternatives to help reduce inflammation through supplements and diet. Many times the bodies need of certain vitamins can be met through the consumption of food. Fish oil supplements are key to help with the inflammatory response in the body and made Dr. West Top 5 Supplements list. http://chiro352.com/dr-wests-top-5-supplements/ High Omega-3 fatty acid diets (naturally available in foods like fish oil and flaxseed oil) are great to reduce inflammation which include tuna, salmon, cod, snapper, and bass. Cooking with extra virgin olive oil is a great way to decrease inflammation due to the omega- 9 fatty acid property in the oil. Also, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds are all good nuts to fight inflammation. Some of the best vegetables to consume are leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards) and fruits including apples, cherries, pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries to combat inflammation. On a happy note to leave with, chocolate of at least 70% pure cocoa is a great and tasteful way to help reduce inflammation. Next time you have inflammation and pain don’t quickly reach for the medicine cabinet, think of how little changes in the daily diet can help improve a multitude of problems.
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