What You Should Know About Inflammation

Inflammation is a pain.  Actually, it’s what happens when the body’s immune systems   protect us from infection and foreign substances like viruses, toxins and bacteria .  On the other hand , in auto immune diseases, the immune system wrongly sets off an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off and results in damage to its own tissues and organs.   The body assaults normal tissues as if they are  infected or somehow abnormal . When inflammation happens , chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the bloodstream or afflicted tissues for the purpose of ridding the body of foreign toxins . This release of chemicals adds to the flow of blood to the immediate area and often creates redness,warmth and swelling . Sadly , inflammation will frequently stimulate nerves and result in significant pain.

Arthritis is a general term that is about joint inflammation . Some, but not all, types of arthritis are the fallout from out of control inflammation.  Some types of inflammatory arthritis  include:rheumatoid arthritis, Shoulder tendinitis or bursitis and Gout .

While you often won’t have them all , the basic symptoms of inflammation are Redness, a swollen joint that is warm to the touch,  joint pain Joint stiffness and a loss of joint function.   In addition to that , Inflammation may also be associated with general “flu-like” feelings like – fever, feeling chilled, headaches and a lack of energy lack of appetite and muscle stiffness.

Although the immediate pain created by inflammation is bad enough, the increased number of cells and it can get much worse – in the long term wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones) and joint lining.  Inflammation can also affect organs.   The type of symptoms depends on which organs are inflamed .

  • An inflamed heart (myocarditis) may result in shortness of breath or leg swelling
  • Inflammation of the narrow tubes that transport oxygen to the lungs may set off an asthma attack
  • Inflamed Kidneys (nephritis) may lead to high blood pressure or kidney failure
  • An inflamed large intestine (colitis) can cause cramps and diarrhea.

Pain might not be an obvious symptom of the inflammatory disease , because many organs don’t include a lot of pain-sensitive nerves.

There are a variety of treatment options for inflammatory diseases , but typically , the medical community will depend on prescription anti-inflammatories, pain medication, rest, exercise, and surgery to correct joint damage.

The objectives of treating inflammation are to:

  • Avoid or modify activities that aggravate pain
  • Relieve pain with analgesics (pain- relief drugs ) and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Maintain joint mobility and muscle strength with physical therapy
  • Support the joints with braces, splints or canes as needed

What’s absent are any preventative ideas or treatment courses designed to basically help your body by boosting your antioxidant intake , improving your diet , cutting stress in your life and treating everyday toxins – because they truly are everywhere.  Antioxidants will help your body to fight toxins and in particular the family of antioxidants known as Betalains found in the wellness drink Nopalea are particularly well suited as natural inflammation fighters.

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