Maybe each of us have experienced fever, skin redness, swollen lymph nodes and other signs and symptoms of inflammatory process. Actually it's a normal response of your immune system to infection, harmful substances, chemicals, cuts and other damages.
If inflammation occurs rapidly and exists for a few days (like in acute bronchitis, appendicitis or skin cut), it is called acute process. Sometimes it can last for a long time (for several months or even years). The most common chronic conditions, associated with inflammation, include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinusitis, hepatitis etc.
Inflammatory process usually becomes apparent in pain, loss of function, swelling, increased temperature, which can be local or affect the whole body. Occasionally your immune system can work mistakenly, attacking your own healthy cells and tissues. Many people suffer from autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Though immune system normally helps you struggle against harmful agents, it can overreact and contribute to the damage of your body. Specialists say that there are certain factors, which can trigger inflammation and support its progression. Let's see what do they mean.
#1. Obesity – fatty folds on the waist consist of fatty (adipose) cells, which can vary in their size. In those who have significantly gained weight, adipocytes get enlarged, causing numerous molecular changes. As a result, your body's cells may become resistant to insulin, leading to type 2 diabetes occurrence. In addition to this, adipose tissue can synthesize proinflammatory chemicals and cells.
#2. Smoking – it was found that smokers have much higher risks of inflammation occurrence, than those, who don’t consume tobacco. Recent studies show the close link between smoking and inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis).
#3. Stress – according to numerous researches, emotional outburst can be a culprit of overactive immune system. Stress can lead to various inflammation-associated disorders like Crohn's disease, gastritis and chronic mental dysfunction.
#4. Poor diet – high-sugar foods, trans fats, refined carbs and excess of alcohol can aggravate inflammation in your body. Poor diet and long-term antibiotics consumption may disturb normal intestinal microflora, causing dysbiosis. As balance of gut bacteria get impaired, your chances of inflammation become dramatically increased.
#5. Lack of sleep – doctors say that insomnia, short duration of sleep and its low quality are linked to elevation of inflammatory markers in the blood. It's mean that your body experiences permanent inflammation, when you don't sleep well.
The good news is that you can modify these risk factors by your own. First of all, quit smoking and improve your diet. Making healthy choice in the supermarket can help you get rid of excessive kilos and maintain healthy weight. Try to avoid foods, which can potentially boost your hazards of inflammation occurrence.
Cope with stress, using yoga, meditation, deep breathing and other relaxation techniques. It is recommended sleeping no less than seven hours each night, if you want to enhance your well-being and reduce persistent inflammation.
Choose physical activity, you're fond of, and perform it regularly in order to lose excessive weight, overcome emotional stress and improve sleep.
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