Inflammation is the natural reaction of our body’s response to injury, infection, or disease. Inflammation helps us heal from many threats to our health.
The problem is, autoimmune diseases, like some kinds of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, are caused by our immune system attacking healthy cells.
There are two main types of inflammation:
Long-term inflammation can reveal itself through several different manifestations. Common indicators include:
In some autoimmune conditions, our immune system affects our skin, which leads to rashes. In other types, it attacks specific glands, which affect hormones levels in the body.
In Rheumatoid arthritis, our immune system attacks our joints. We may experience:
In inflammatory bowel disease, inflammation occurs in the digestive tract. Some common symptoms include:
In multiple sclerosis, our bodies attack the myelin sheath. This is the protective covering of nerve cells. We may experience:
Many factors can lead to inflammation, such as:
Recurrent episodes of acute inflammation can also lead to a chronic inflammatory response.
There are also certain types of foods that can cause or worsen inflammation in people with autoimmune disorders. These foods include:
Sometimes, fighting inflammation can be as easy as reevaluating our diet. We can put ourselves on the path to feeling better by avoiding sugar, rams fats, and processed foods.
Additionally, there are foods that actually fight inflammation. These foods include:
Berries and cherries
Fatty fish, like salmon or mackerel
Mushrooms, like portobello and shiitake
Spices, like turmeric, ginger, and clove
As you may have noticed, these foods are primarily vegetarian. Why not get our food from the same place most animals do? Plants. A vegetarian diet has much to recommend, as the above list suggests.
Suggested sources for information on fighting inflammation:
It’s probably no secret to many seniors that as the years pile on, our bodies sometimes begin to reveal signs of our longevity. This reality requires our increased attention to carefully adhering to the important laws of health that younger people can seemingly ignore with apparent impunity. We no longer enjoy that option.
If you find yourself facing some of the issues discussed above, you may wish to try some of the home remedies suggested. If you are needing greater support, please contact your health provider for further assistance.