What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a key component of the body’s immune system. When the immune system detects injury, illness, or a threat, it triggers an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response works to heal wounds, fight infection, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal joint injuries, and mend muscle and tissue damage. For example, when you have a cut, the skin around the cut becomes red and a bit sore, this is the body’s inflammatory response to help heal this cut. However, there are times when the inflammatory response in the body can be too reactive. This overly reactive response can result in autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, muscular injury, and other inflammatory conditions. There are two types of inflammation:
- Acute: this is the inflammatory response that happens when you have a cut, injury, or illness. Acute inflammation is short-term and last only while you’re healing.
- Chronic: this is long-term inflammation that causes damage to your body. Chronic inflammation can cause an autoimmune disease or result in other problems such as constantly sore joints and reduced mobility.
- Blood tests
- Physical exam to look for painful areas, swelling, soreness, stiff joints, and more.
- Procedures and scans including endoscopy, colonoscopy, CT scan, x-rays, MRI, and more.
- High blood glucose levels.
- Digestive problems including bloating, constipation, gas, bloody stool, or diarrhea.
- Persistent and constant fatigue.
- Skin problems such as rashes, unexplained redness, blotchy patches, psoriasis, or eczema.
- Extremely sore and stiff joints with unexplained swelling, tightness, and discomfort.
- Problems sleeping.
- Brain fog.
- Reducing the chronic inflammation to enable a long-term remission from the disease.
- Learning which activities, foods, or other lifestyle habits exacerbate and ease symptoms.
- Achieving pain relief. This can happen with natural supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other specialized medications designed to target specific inflammatory chemicals in the body.
- Exercise and activity that allows you to strengthen your joints, muscles, and cardiovascular system.