Inflammation is a body’s response to accidental injury, trauma, bacteria, toxins, heat damage or many other possible causes. The damaged cells release various chemicals including histamine, bradykinin also prostaglandins; these agents cause blood vessels to leak fluid into tissue causing swelling and redness. When inflammation occurs white blood cells are released into the affected area providing protection from further damage and stimulating increased blood flow into the damaged or infected area, resulting in the redness we referred to earlier.
Our immune response is stimulated resulting in swelling, pain and general warming of the infected area; though this may look and feel uncomfortable the whole process is natural and part of the healing and mitigation process that results in a repair process and a tendency for us to favour and protect the inflamed areas.
We have dealt with the visibly obvious external and topical forms of inflammation that are relatively easy to deal with, that includes the cleaning and bandaging of cuts, abrasions and burns, the lancing of carbuncles, boils and pimples, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. These can all be grouped as various forms of inflammation and immune response.
This brings us to a segway to other less obvious inflammation and infections that may be well below the surface in internal organs, joints, cartilage, connective tissue and our structural frame our skeleton.
As with sunburn and the resulting inflammation this can be the starting point for melanomas and other forms of cancer. Internal inflammation can be the starting point for major health compromising conditions and diseases like various forms of degeneration, accelerated aging and even cancer.
This brings us to yet another segway, it is becoming more and more apparent that diet and exercise are fundamental to good health and longevity.
A robust immune system is supported by diet and exercise; as we head deeper and deeper into the winter months our defences against the ravages of viruses and pathogens must be supported and strengthened with diet and exercise and adequate exposure to a daily dose of sunlight, 20-30 minutes is generally recommended to support vitamin D levels.