What is Inflammation And How Does It Cause Pain?
I've got a great article for you today about the "hidden cause" of so many diseases and conditions like chronic pain, heart disease, stroke, alzhiemers and others.
If you suffer from any type of ache or pain, whether it's big or small, acute or chronic, or if you want to learn about how you can reverse and prevent damage caused by these diseases and conditions, then you I'm sure you are going to find this quick read very eye opening.
What is Inflammation and How Does It Cause Pain?
Inflammation is a response from your immune system in response to an irritant.
For example, if you sprain your ankle, your immune system creates a protein called a Circulating Immune Complex (CIC for short).
The CIC travels down to the injured ankle and causes pain and swelling.
The pain you feel is to inform you of the injury or damage. And the swelling is protective as it prev
ents you from moving it and causing more irritation.
This is also your body's way of running to the problem with fresh blood, antibodies and vital cells in order to begin healing and repairing the damage.
Then what normally happens is our bodies produce proteolytic enzymes which counteract the inflammation, and things return to normal. That's why a sprained ankle as a young child heals within a few weeks
at most, but can take six weeks or more for an adult of say 45.
The problem is, after around age 25, our production of these enzymes drops off almost completely so there is nothing to tell the body to stop the inflammation. These enzymes are also responsible for cleaning the blood, fighting off viral and bacterial infections and breaking down excess fibrin (scar tissue).
In addition to the decrease in production of proteolytic enzymes, there are also numerous other things that contribute to the build up of inflammation in our bodies.
Here is just a short list of factors that contribute to inflammation:
- Un-addressed pain and injuries
- Toxins and chemicals in our air, water and food
- Poor nutritional habits
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Prescription medications
- Auto-immune diseases
- Negative mental and emotional stress
Over time, inflammation continues to increase in our bodies causing damage to all of the tissues and organs, often without us even knowing it's happening.
More and more research is coming out now that proves this. For example, here's a quote from a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine: "there is convincing evidence that inflammation is strongly linked to heart attacks and stroke."
And in another study published in The Annals of Neurology, the researchers concluded, "inflammation is linked to Alzheimer's and other dementing diseases." And a recent Harvard study found that "half of all heart attacks are caused by inflammation".
We know that reducing inflammation is critical to eliminating pain and preventing disease and illness, but how do you do it safely and naturally?
Here are just some of the things you can do:
- Make dietary changes - be sure to read Dr Chilton's book "Win the War Within"
- Learn how to eliminate negative emotional stress
- Minimize the amount of junk that enters your body - and not just food but toxins and other chemicals
- Replace lost proteolytic enzymes with supplementation
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Article courtesy of The Healthy Back Institute.