When Is Inflammation Good And Bad?
Posted on Dec 07, 2016

Inflammation is a natural response of the body to harmful stimuli, such as infections or injuries. It is a complex process that involves the immune system, blood vessels, and various chemicals and proteins. While inflammation can be beneficial in some cases, it can also become harmful.

What’s The Difference?

Good inflammation, also known as acute inflammation, is a normal and necessary response to injuries or infections. It helps the body defend itself against harmful stimuli and promotes healing.

For example, when you get a cut, the area around the wound becomes red, swollen, and painful. This is a sign of acute inflammation, and it helps to protect the wound and promote healing. This is also the same process that produces a fever and allows you to fight off viruses and bacteria. Acute means that it is short-term. That is one of the main features of so-called ‘good’ inflammation.  

Bad inflammation, also known as chronic inflammation, is a long-term and excessive response to stimuli. It can occur in response to chronic infections, autoimmune disorders, or other chronic conditions. However, chronic inflammation also occurs in response to inflammatory stimuli such as toxins, sugars, fructose, chemical additives to food, and even mental stress.

Chronic inflammation can cause damage to the body's tissues and organs, and is associated with a range of diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Basically, the inflammatory response, if left unabated, will begin to attack and damage your vital tissues.  

What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

There are several factors that can contribute to chronic inflammation. These include a poor diet, high levels of stress, lack of exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins. To reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, exercise regularly, manage stress, and avoid exposure to toxins.

Your immune system does not like sugar and does not like toxins or unnatural substances. Such items will trigger an inflammatory response, generally low-grade and that lasts for months or years.

In addition to the lifestyle factors mentioned above, there are other ways to help prevent or reduce chronic inflammation.  

For example, certain foods and supplements may have anti-inflammatory properties and can be incorporated into your diet to help fight chronic inflammation. These include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, as well as spices like turmeric and ginger. Fiber is an essential part of an anti-inflammatory diet.  

Inflammation is a complex process that can be both good and bad. Acute inflammation is a normal and necessary response to injuries or infections, and helps to protect the body and promote healing. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is harmful and is associated with a range of diseases. To reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid exposure to harmful stimuli.

Natural Inflammation Relief

It is also important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing chronic inflammation. They may help you identify any underlying causes and provide you with appropriate treatment options. Some doctors may choose to recommend medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids, as well as other therapeutic approaches, such as physical therapy or acupuncture.

Usually, synthetic and exogenous steroids are quite detrimental to the human body and should be avoided.  More natural methods to reduce inflammation should be used when possible.  

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