Fight inflammation with natural remedies in the body when the system isn’t working right on its own. Natural remedies can help overcome autoimmune issues and improve bodily function. Along with defining what inflammation is and some of the problems it can cause, this series will explore a variety of natural remedies.
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Fight Inflammation with Natural Remedies
Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. Not all inflammation in the body is bad, but when the body’s immune system is working in overdrive, or underdrive and there is an abundance of inflammation . . . it can be very bad!
Inflammation, when being used properly by the body, is not a bad thing. It is simply a defense mechanism in the body. When the immune system recognizes a problem in the body such as a wound, infection, (damaged cells, pathogens) it goes on high alert and swings into action.
This can result in a fever or other kind of response, but is in fact the body attempting to heal itself. Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.
This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease. ~ Body Ecology
Whole-body inflammation refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation.
Mounting evidence suggests that over time this kind of inflammation sets the foundation for many serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. ~ Dr Weil on Reducing Whole Body Inflammation
Inflammation and Immune Disorders
Finally, it is possible to combat immune system disorders from inflammation and to help fend off symptoms and effects caused by them.
While Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system – in cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus & more.
So be encouraged, if you’re suffering from the effects of too much inflammation in the body (chronic inflammation) whether or not you’ve been formally diagnosed as autoimmune, there are frequent symptoms you can recognize and there are natural remedies you can use to fight inflammation!
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation
So, we know it’s linked to problems ranging from arthritis to Alzheimer’s, diabetes to hair loss, chronic inflammation happens when the body’s emergency response fails to shut off when it should. This results in allowing chronic inflammation to destroy healthy tissue and create related symptoms. A few common symptoms of which to take note, if you have an unusual amount of or deal with them often:
- Depression and anxiety
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle stiffness
- mouth sores
- chest pain
- Skin outbreaks
- Body aches and pain
- Frequent infections
- Dry eyes
- Swollen joints warm to touch (feverish)
- Joint pain & stiffness
- Loss of joint function
- Weight gain/obesity
- Shortness of breath
Articles Coming up in this Series
Upcoming: Fight Inflammation Using Supplements
Natural Remedies to Fight Inflammation With Exercise
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