Health and Wellness Fridays – Inflammation (Symptoms, Causes and Treatment)

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! I hope your day has been filled with joy and laughter. May God continue to watch over you and your families not only providing for you but blessing each of you with good health, understanding and time to make things right.  I ask this for myself and my family also. Amen! 🙂

Today ladies and gentlemen we’re going to look at the painful topic known as inflammation.

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What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s way of defending itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; as well as healing itself after injury.  Without inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could become deadly.  However, although necessary inflammation can also be problematic as Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions.

Symptoms of inflammation include:
  • joint pain
  • redness
  • swelling
  • warmth or heat
  • joint stiffness
  • loss of joint function or immobility
Causes of inflammation

Inflammation can be caused by any number of physical reactions triggered by the immune system in response to a physical injury or an infection.  It should be noted however, that although an infection can cause inflammation, inflammation is not necessarily a sign of an infection.

Types of inflammation

There are two types of inflammation acute and chronic.

An acute inflammation is one that starts rapidly and becomes severe in a short space of time. The symptoms are usually only present for a few days but can persist for a few weeks in some cases.

Chronic inflammation on the other hand, refers to long-term inflammation and can last for several months and even years.  This maybe the result of failure to correct whatever was causing an acute inflammation; an autoimmune disorder or exposure to a low-level irritant, such as an industrial chemical over a long period of time.  Chronic inflammation has been linked to some cancers, heart disease, depression, arthritis, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Some possible treatments for inflammation include:

Although inflammation is part of the healing process for many the pain that is sometimes associated with it can be unbearable and often have to medication for relief. Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs commonly used to treat inflammation include: naproxen, ibuprofen, and aspirin.

Paracetamol or Tylenol can reduce pain without affecting the inflammation. They may be ideal for those persons wishing to treat just the pain while allowing the healing factor of the inflammation to run its course.

Corticosteroids, such as cortisol, are a class of steroid hormones that prevent a number of mechanisms involved in inflammation.

Creams and ointments may be prescribed for inflammation of the skin, eyes, lungs, bowels, and nose.

In some instances, rest, exercise, physical therapy or surgery may be required.

Most of the medicinal treatments have negative side effects if taken over a long period of time.  It is these possible side effects that have forced some people to look for more natural remedies to treat their symptoms geared around their diet.

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Some anti-inflammatory foods include:

  1. Green Leaf Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale and more
  2. Beets
  3. Celery
  4. Broccoli
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, oranges and cherries
  7. Fatty fish such as Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna and Sardines
  8. Nuts such as Walnuts and Almond
  9. Coconut oil and Olive oil
  10. Chia Seeds
  11. Ginger
  12. Turmeric

 

Some foods that can make inflammation worse include:

  1. Fried foods
  2. Soda and other sugar sweetened beverages
  3. Red meat
  4. Processed meats
  5. Refined Carbs
  6. Lard
  7. Margarine

At the end of the day, inflammation has its role in the body and that is to defend and repair.  However, we need to monitor the pains we are getting and treat with them accordingly because ignoring them can lead to more serious conditions later on.

There are many options out there for treating inflammation so talk to your doctor and seek guidance as to which one maybe best for you.

The good news is, simple alterations to our diet can also help us fight some of the side effects of inflammation.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

 

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