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Inflammation

Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2010

Inflammation is a good thing . . . . normally, when it is acute.  When it happens in response to an injury, or bacteria, or when it is fighting an infection.  When it does its job and helps the body heal it is amazing.  But chronic inflammation is not a good thing.  When the immune system is a little off and there is constant inflammation in the body it is not good.  The body should not be in this state of “fight” for prolong periods.  It should fight the issue and then go back to a normal state, but it does not always do this. 

Constant or chronic inflammation is the cause of conditions such as arthritis, and it is being linked to many illnesses/diseases including; autoimmune diseases, obesity, hay fever, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, wrinkling skin, and even depression . . . to name a few.  It is as if our immune system is working overtime and not allowing our body or body’s system to be in balance. 

Some things thought to contribute to inflammation:  our diet, our habits, and our environment.  Trans fat, saturated fats, omega 6 fat, refined sugar, and simple carbohydrates are things contained in our diets and could be pushing our immune systems into an unhealthy state of being.  Even eating more protein, carbohydrates, and fat than we need is suggested to contribute to inflammation.  Lack of exercise is a contributing factor, along with smoking, and stress.  The toxins in our homes and work places, in all of our lives could be additional factors.  When you add all of that up we are literally assaulted daily.  It is no wonder our bodies can’t fight off all of the diseases and the diseases are on the rise.  It is no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases–our bodies are fighting themselves.

To me, its something to think about.

6 Responses to “Inflammation”

  1. suzicate said

    I used to take anti-inflammatories for fibromyalgia and (arthritis in fingers and bursitis in hips), but now I move around a lot more and only take them when I am in extreme pain…don’t know if I’ve just learned to live with it or if getting active has helped some.

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    • I believe that movement helps arthritis. I am not that familiar with fibromyalgia, but it seems as if it is more common now. Many auto-immune diseases and conditions are more common now . . . . makes me go, “Hmmmmm . . . . .” and look at our food supply.

      Muscles get nutrition via blood pumping. Joints do not have the same blood supply. They get nutrients and fluid from synovial fluid and the way that gets going and moving is movement. So I really think that movement helps. But I also understand that sometimes other things affect the body and then movement might not be possible. But it could be that aside from medication or in addition to there are other things we can do to help the body achieve the state of balance.

      And you probably did get used to it too. It is probably all the above. 🙂

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