Inflammation in the Body – The Definitive Guide

inflammation in the body

Given that inflammation in the body is now accepted as the culprit behind most modern diseases, from heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, to asthma, skin conditions, and obesity… it’s pretty sensible to have a solid understanding of just what inflammation in the body actually IS.

Before researching supplementation like Emulin®, or making dietary and lifestyle changes, I think that we need to begin here, with the beast itself. After all, it’s your health (and mine), and in order to be our most healthy, best possible selves, understanding is vital.

Increasingly, medical researchers believe that inflammation is the culprit underlying almost every single modern disease there is. Take that in for a moment – this is HUGE.

This marks a radical departure from conventional medical approaches which treat symptoms rather than look at underlying causes. For this reason, [Chronic inflammation] is an emerging field,” says Dr. David Heber, a UCLA professor of medicine and director of the university’s Center for Human Nutrition. “It’s a new concept for medicine.” 

This means that the research around disease is shifting to a common underlying cause, leading researchers and consumers alike to consider how they might improve overall health and wellbeing as a preventative measure against disease.  Emulin® is an exciting part of this journey given its ability to reduce inflammation with all natural ingredients, but more on that later. First …

Inflammation in the Body, the Definitive Guide

Let’s Start Simple

What it isn’t

Inflammation is not an external threat, like a virus or bacteria. It’s not something you can ‘catch’. It isn’t a poison introduced into the body from some toxin. It’s the body’s normal response in HEALTHY conditions.

What it is

Inflammation is a normal immune system response to external threat or disease, and it is good when it helps your body protect itself from viruses, bacteria, and damaged tissue. So if you bruise yourself, or cut yourself, or come down with some sort of illness, inflammation is a normal, helpful response.

Chronic inflammation in the body, on the other hand, is an instance of the body attacking itself, turning its own protective measures against its own functions and organs. In other words, it’s an immune system that doesn’t want to shut off.

“The theory goes that long after the invading bacteria or viruses from some infection are gone, the body’s defenses remain active. The activated immune cells and hormones then turn on the body itself, damaging tissues. The process continues indefinitely, occurring at low enough levels that a person doesn’t feel pain or realize anything is wrong. Years later, proponents say, the damage contributes to illnesses such as heart disease, neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or cancer.” – Source

You would know healthy inflammation in the form of redness and swelling around an injury. Your body is a master at protecting itself, and when you injure yourself or are fighting illness, there are processes in the body which release proteins which serve as emergency signals that bring your immune system in to fix the problem. This happens in the form of white blood cells which come into an injured area along with hormones and nutrients.

Your arteries dilate and your blood flow increases, so that these white blood cells, hormones, and nutrients can move into the spaces between cells and go to work healing you. This process might include creating blood clots, or triggering pain and fever, or even creating pus in an area that is swollen.

This type of inflammation is also known as acute inflammation. It is meant to be a short term fix. When inflammation overstays its welcome, or is triggered when it is NOT needed for self-healing, it then becomes chronic inflammation, which is, essentially, your immune system is turning against itself.

Literally the white blood cells swarm around an area where there is a perception of needing some kind of healing but there is actually nothing to fix so eventually sometimes it even start to our tech internal organs are there tissues and cells – This is according to Dr Scott Walker, a physician in Utah.To Dr Scott Walker, a physician in Utah.

Where is this Inflammation in the Body?

Unfortunately, it can be anywhere.

The gut.

Inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis – all this is the direct result of inflammation in the gut. Furthermore, inflammation in the gut can decrease the absorption of nutrients that are important to bone health, like calcium and vitamin D,  which then also leads to bone diseases.

The bones

Chronic inflammation is associated with increased bone loss and lack of bone growth, according to a 2009 article in the Journal of Endocrinology. 

The joints

Inflammation in the joints is the hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, both autoimmune disorders. People with arthritis experience pain and stiffness in their inflamed joints, but the immune reaction isn’t limited to the joints, and those who suffer from it are also at higher risk for problems with their eyes and other body parts.

The cardiovascular system

Inflammation in the blood vessels is a primary characteristic of heart disease, but until recently, there wasn’t a clear link between inflammation and heart problems. However, a recent study clearly linked inflammation to heart attacks, partly by demonstrating how strong anti-inflammatory drugs reduce their incidence.

The skin

Psoriasis, eczema – these are inflammatory skin conditions whose symptoms can be reduced when the body’s chronic inflammation is reduced.

The lungs

Chronic inflammation in the lungs manifests in many conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and infections. In lungs that are inflamed, fluid can accumulate, and the airways can narrow, making breathing difficult.

The Gums

Periodontitis is chronic inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria accumulation, causing gums to recede and the skeletal structure around the teeth to weaken. A 2010 Harvard University study found that eating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish or fish oil) may help.

Diabetes

Diabetics suffer from chronic inflammation that is related to how they metabolize sugars and regulate their blood glucose levels. According to a 2009 article in the journal Gerontology, diabetic spikes in blood sugar trigger white blood cells to attack, and inflammation continues and increases over time.

Cancer

One of the hottest topics of late is the link between inflammation and cancer. Research on this is still ongoing, but what is clear is that when immune cells produce inflammation, immune regulation deteriorates and becomes a environment in which cancer cells can grow.

It’s already known that a chronic inflammatory condition weakens the immune system and enables cancer to have an optimum environment in which to proliferate. Now researchers are looking at how tumours hijack the body’s natural inflammatory response and use it in order to produce more cancer cells and grow rapidly. – Source

The Brain

According to a 2015 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, inflammation could be responsible for depression as it has been found that people suffering from mood disorders have higher levels of inflammation in their blood and in their brain – specifically, they have 30% more brain inflammation than non-sufferers. 

Is it all related?

Studies show that inflammation of the gums is linked to heart disease and dementia as well, since bacteria in the mouth may also trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.

Inflammation related to obesity increases the risk of heart disease.

Diabetics are more prone to many other conditions, such as obesity.

The common denominator is chronic inflammation in the body, and the implication is that inflammation in one part of the body increases the risk of inflammation in other parts of the body. It seems reasonable to assume that by reducing the body’s inflammatory response overall, many diseases can be prevented and/or treated successfully – this is in fact a current trend in medical research.

How to Naturally Reduce Inflammation in the Body

#1 Change Your Diet

Having a healthy diet, free of refined sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods, and consuming more fresh fruits, seeds, vegetables, and healthy fats  is the first line of defence against chronic inflammation. This is because certain foods, which are staples of our modern Western diet, promote inflammation: refined sugars (including breads, pastas); processed foods; some animal fats.

Of course, there are many recommendations as to what exactly constitutes a healthy diet, and there are many so-called “anti-inflammatory diets” out there that are being touted as a cure-alls, from the Mediterranean diet, to the apple cider vinegar diet.

The recommended foods are typical of the Mediterranean diet, which emphasises eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats; consuming fatty seafoods, eating moderate portions of nuts; eating very little red meat; and drinking moderate amounts red wine.

It is also thought that consuming omega-3 fatty acids is important as these fats protect the body against the possible damage caused by inflammation, specifically by inhibiting an enzyme that produces prostaglandins, which trigger inflammation.

Suggested foods will be in another blog!

#2 Exercise

Get moving! A recent study has shown that just 20 minutes of exercise lowers inflammation in the body. 

Find the exercise that is right for YOU, and gets your heart rate elevated and your muscles working. It should be fun, so consider dance, an outdoor sport, swimming – in other words, you do NOT have to become a gym junkie or adhere to anyone else’s notion of ‘fitness’ in order to engage in healthy exercise!

 Emulin®

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