Inflammation is your body’s protective response to injury or damage. It supports natural healing and repair processes. A problem begins when the body is chronically inflamed. The chronic inflammation can be caused due to pollution, food sensitivities and carrying extra weight. Infections, wounds, and damage to tissue will not heal if there is no inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation can also cause several diseases like some cancers and rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic inflammation is also linked to a wide variety of diseases which include diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Inflammation causes pain as the swelling pushes against the sensitive nerve endings. This sends pain signals to the brain. There are other biochemical processes that also occur during inflammation. They affect how our nerves behave, and this can increase the pain.
Symptoms of inflammation may vary depending on the reaction, whether it is acute or chronic.
The effects of acute inflammation include:
• Pain: The area which is inflamed is likely to be painful, especially during and after touching. Chemicals stimulating the nerve endings are released which make the area more sensitive.
• Redness: It occurs due to the capillaries in the area are filled with more blood than usual.
• Immobility: There may be some loss of movement in the area of the inflammation.
• Swelling: This is caused due to a buildup of fluid.
• Heat: More blood flows to the affected area which makes it feel warm when touched.
These signs help when inflammation is of the skin. If inflammation is deep inside the body, such as in an internal organ, only a few of the signs are noticeable.
Symptoms of chronic inflammation present in a different way. These can include:
• Low energy, despite sufficient sleep
• Excessive mucus production (i.e., always needing to clear the throat or blow nose)
• Poor Digestion including bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and losing stool
• Skin Rashes, such as eczema or psoriasis
• Body pain, especially in the joints
Several foods that may help, reduce the risk of inflammation
• Olive oil
• Nuts, like walnuts and almonds
• Greens leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, and kale
• Fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel
• Some fruits, such as blueberries, cherries, and oranges
We should remove the foods which are known to cause inflammation, like sugar, dairy, and simple carbohydrates. Other foods which lead the chronic inflammation:
• Trans Fat found in Fried foods
• White bread, pastry, and other foods that contain refined carbohydrates
• Gluten added food
• Processed snack foods, such as chips and crackers
• Excess alcohol
• Soybean and Vegetable oil
• Soda and sugary drinks
• Red meat and Processed Meat
• Margarine and lard
While these dietary solutions alone can’t control inflammation, they can help the tracts and immune system to react in a measured way. Some herbal extracts and capsules help in reducing inflammation. They are not the same as chemically manufactured medicines. They have natural ingredients and are less toxic, thus less harmful to the body, if taken as directed.
Curcumin is an effective anti-inflammatory. As per Ayurvedic medicines, turmeric and curcumin help reduce inflammation as well as treat digestive disorders, wounds, and infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help in conditions such as arthritis, muscle sprains, and other injuries.
Rosemary contains two powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds called Carnosol and Carnosic acids. These have been linked to reducing inflammation of muscles, blood vessels, and joints. It is very effective in oral or topical form. In addition, it reduces the inflammation in the cardiovascular system which can help boost heart health and prevent atherosclerosis from appearing.
Ginger has a variety of health benefits due to its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties it is due to compounds like gingerol, shogaol, paradol, and zingerone. Ginger vitamins are also relevant for relieving inflammation, mainly due to the high content of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in this root
Frankincense has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and pain-controlling properties which help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
It is useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue which significantly reduces the levels of dangerous and painful inflammation. This makes it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints, and tendons.