What is Inflammation and Inflammatory Diseases?
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What is Inflammation and Inflammatory Diseases?

Facts About Inflammation and Inflammatory Diseases. Inflammation in Body and Causes of Inflammation. What is Inflammation?

Inflammation can be a major health problem and it can cause many dangerous diseases and conditions. Normally, inflammation occurs when white blood cells release chemicals to protect the body from foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses. In this way rebuild or repair the damages done by the harmful substances. But sometimes body’s immune system triggers these chemicals when there is no foreign substance or dangerous substance to fight off. In this scenario, these chemicals can cause damage to the body cells. Because of body’s immune system becomes responsible for the damage of body’s own tissues, these are called autoimmune diseases. Inflammation can cause many dangerous diseases including heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, Chron's disease and inflammatory bowel syndrome.

Inflammation can be characterised by redness, swollen joint and pain, muscle and joint stiffness and lack of joint function. Symptoms of inflammation can also be associated with headache, loss of appetite, fatigue and fever. Inflammation can occur because of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. In some cases, presence of more pro-inflammatory components in the body than anti-inflammatory components can cause inflammation as well. So, it is important to get more anti-inflammatory components to maintain the balance. Therefore, a proper anti-inflammatory diet is absolutely important for keeping the inflammation down and protecting the body from inflammatory diseases.

Inflammation is extremely bad for the heart. Inflammation is a major culprit in developing heart diseases. Studies suggest that many people who are suffering from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, allergies and depression also have cardiovascular problems and they are prone to heart attack or stroke.

The unbalance between omega-3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids can also be a reason for inflammation. Because the body’s immune system is connected to the brain, any psychological or mental stress can spark off inflammatory responses. Chronic inflammation is responsible for many dangerous diseases. Often, the excess amounts of omega 6 fatty acids in the body cause chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, dangerous blood clotting, migraine and heart attack.

Inflammatory diseases can be reduced or treated by medications, exercise, proper rest, surgery and diet. Diet plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory diseases. One of the most important parts of anti-inflammatory diet is to get more omega 3 fatty acids rich foods. One should limit the intake processed foods and bad carbs. Instead, should go for fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Drinking lots of water is also very important. Besides, there are some herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic and ginger, which can be added to the diet as they are very good anti-inflammatory foods.

 

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Great info! Multiple Sclerosis is also included in this group.

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