Inflammation in the body is responsible for a wide range of ailments, from arthritis to chronic pain, but most people don't understand it very well. Learning what causes inflammation can help you determine the right treatment for your health problems, as well as assist you in preventing new ones.
It can also help you make sense of the enormous amount of complicated and conflicting health information available about inflammation in the body. Here's a little of what you need to know.
This complex biological process may seem detrimental, but it's actually your body's attempt to help itself. Whenever cells are damaged by something harmful like a bacterial infection, a physical injury, or the introduction of a toxin, your body sends more blood and many special chemicals to the site of the problem. The increased blood flow increases the temperature in the area and causes it to swell. That's why you might develop inflammation symptoms like redness or tenderness if you work out too hard or stub your toe.
The purpose of inflammation in the body is to get rid of the agent that is damaging your cells. White blood cells in an inflamed area work to kill off bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms. Increased blood flow helps bring nutrients and allows the cells to rebuild themselves. It can also assist the body in removing toxins and stopping other types of damage.
Beneficial inflammation is usually short term. When inflammation symptoms continue for a long time, however, they can result in even more damage.
A whole range of different factors can jump start inflammation. These include infections, injuries such as cuts or bruises, and damage from heat or extreme cold. You might also suffer from inflammation if you get a hazardous substance into or on your body, such as an acid. Consuming toxic chemicals might also result in an inflammatory response.
Not all the causes of inflammation are as clear cut, however. Sometimes your body's systems react inappropriately, producing problems like allergies, asthma, arthritis in the elderly and celiac disease. In these cases, you usually experience inflammation symptoms without the presence of an injury or damaging substance.
Foods that are over-cooked or fried at high temperatures also incite the inflammatory response. The body release a range of chemicals and hormones to brake down this foods and so immune system reacts as it is to fight the inflammation therefore those unnecessary inflammation chemicals flow in the body and cause damage.
Many athletes regularly experience non-harmful inflammation in the body. The strenuous work outs receive the adequate response from immune system to tackle the inflammation caused by muscle and joints tear and wear or injuries. Intense exercise causes inflammation to the muscles. Too much training and too little rest can produce excessive amounts of inflammation, leading to tissue deterioration, impaired immunities, and serious over-training.
Those who experience frequent or systemic inflammation in the body for a period of time need to stop it. Because it affects many areas of health badly. This sort of inflammation is different from acute inflammation, which is beneficial...
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