Inflammation in the Body

Inflammation in the Body

Inflammation in the body is caused as a result of some kind of stress experienced by the body. The stress could be related to diet, lifestyle, or environment. In this article you will get a brief overview on the various aspects of inflammation.
HolisticZine Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Inflammation in the body is a normal reaction of the white blood cells of the body to protect us from infection caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, and from any other unwanted substances entering our body. During the process, the white blood cells release some chemicals in order to fight these infections. For instance, fever is a form of inflammation which helps eliminate all the harmful effects of the infecting virus. However, there are some inflammations in the body that may disturb the balance of the body. This leads to weakening of the immune system and increased susceptibility to diseases.

Causes

A poorly-balanced diet that consists of processed foods, refined-flours, high-sugar content, and various types of inflammatory fats can give rise to inflammation. Some kind of infection caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites can also be one of the contributing factors. Sometimes, these infections are hidden and do not get identified easily. Allergens that enter the body through food or from the environment, adverse effects of toxic substances like pesticides or harmful chemicals, and any forms of stress, be it psychological, physical, or emotional can also lead to this condition.

Symptoms

The symptoms that are most often observed are stiffness and pain in the joints accompanied by redness and swelling. As a result, the joint may get weakened. Other symptoms are susceptibility towards various infections, heartburn, chills and fever, headache, signs of aging, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc. Inflammation in the body causes diseases like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, diabetes, skin infections like acne and psoriasis, etc. When the inflammation affects the internal organs of the body, then certain symptoms that are observed include inflammation of the heart leading to shortness of breath, inflammation of lung tubes causing asthma, inflammation of the kidneys leading to kidney failure, high blood pressure, and inflammation of the large intestine giving rise to stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Natural Remedies

Identification of the underlying cause is important to get rid of this problem. Once you have done that you have to make some necessary changes in your lifestyle to tackle the cause. Following are some of the natural remedies that help reduce the symptoms:

Reduce Stress
You should learn some techniques to bring down mental stress and relax your mind. Some of the commonly used techniques for relaxation are yoga, meditation, deep-breathing exercises, or taking a hot bath. Find out which one is suitable for you and practice that regularly.

Control Allergies
Any form of allergies tend to make the body sensitive, and the body is at greater risk of getting inflamed. Therefore, you should take all necessary measures that can help you keep allergies in check. Identify the foods that often cause food allergies and strictly stay away from them.

Diet
A proper balanced diet will help reduce the inflammation to a certain extent. Therefore, include more and more whole foods and high-fiber foods in your diet. Plant-based diet having natural anti-inflammatory properties is also a good option. The consumption of foods like nuts, avocados, small fish like sardines, wild salmon, and herring, and olive oil can provide you with omega-3 essential fatty acids that do not cause inflammation. All processed and refined foods should be avoided.

Exercise
Daily exercising can bring down the stress level of the body to a great extent. It has a strengthening effect on the overall immune system as well as the cardiovascular system. It can lift your spirits and keep you happy. All these factors have a positive effect on both mind and body.

There are many medicines that can help alleviate the symptoms; however, most of them have one or more side effects. For that reason, it is always advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle which can control the symptoms of inflammation, and at the same time, prevent future occurrence.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.