How Does Inflammation Affect Our Health?

How Does Inflammation Affect Our Health?

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According to medical experts, inflammation is a natural response of our body to viruses and bacteria, wounds, and injuries. In this way, our body tries to heal itself. When encountering infection, our immune system reacts with inflammation. There is two basic types of inflammation – acute and chronic. Even though acute inflammation is usually referring as good while chronic is considered as bad, it is not always the case. Namely, acute inflammations such as a sore throat, acute bronchitis, acute dermatitis, acute tonsillitis and so on, requires immediate action and force us to face directly with a problem. On the other hand, chronic inflammation, like peptic ulcer, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), atherosclerosis, periodontitis, a certain type of cancers, etc., suggest the hidden cause beneath. In this case, some experts recommend changes in our lifestyle, from reducing stress to adopting a proper diet. According to them, chronic lack of sleep, stress, poor social life, and similar factors, decrease the ability of our immune system to defend our body. For that reason, they suggest cultivating good habits and include exercising, meditation, positive attitude, and healthy social relationships in our everyday life. They also think that certain types of foods can alleviate and remove inflammation and its harmful effects on our health. To learn more about the foods that prevents inflammation to affect our health, the article “Foods That Fight Inflammation” gives us the following list.

How Does Inflammation Affect Our Health?

Foods that combat inflammation:

Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet:


olive oil

green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards

nuts like almonds and walnuts

fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines

fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Interestingly, Dr, Ruediger Dahlke, a medical doctor, psychotherapist and author, has a theory that behind every disease lies some unconscious factor, which needs to be resolved. Regarding inflammation, certain unconscious conflict is present and wants to be acknowledged. It is up to us whether we are willing to face uncomfortable feelings that the conflict inflicts on us or not. He is convinced that when we resolve the conflict, all symptoms begin to fade.

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