A Brief Look At Inflammation
People tend to regard inflammation as something bad or undesirable, but it is really a normal bodily function. It is the reaction of the immune system when the body is under attack or when there is some damage that needs to be repaired. This immune response helps get rid of the attacking microorganisms and other threats to the body. It also speeds up healing and repair.
But inflammation can sometimes become more of a problem than a helpful function. This happens when the immune system gets out of control and triggers the inflammatory response even when there isn’t any need for it. As a result, there is excessive and unnecessary inflammation in the body, which then produces uncomfortable symptoms.
A good example of an overactive immune system is the disease known as rheumatoid arthritis. Here, the body misreads signals and directs the immune system to attack its own cells as if they were foreign invading entities. This attack is directed at the joints, bones, and skin tissue, thus causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis can be treated using anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and pain medications. An anti-inflammatory diet also helps greatly, for obvious reasons. When the one eats foods that reduce inflammatory action and avoids foods that trigger inflammation, his or her symptoms naturally ease off, and his or her condition improves. By maintaining this diet, one can in time become totally symptom-free, as if the disease were gone for good.