What Is Acute inflammation?
Inflammation is the new term that keeps appearing on more and more patients and doctors’ lips, since it’s a condition caused by chronic fatigue and most of dangerous diseases such as cancers and cardiovascular illnesses.
However, inflammation is not something new, it exists since forever but our lifestyle has gone mad lately and that’s why there are increasingly more patients complaining about it. As said, this health issue has been around for centuries now, and the non-western, alternative medicine has been treating it since its beginnings.
It seems like the Western medicine needs to catch up, since the acute cases of inflammation are starting to become chronic.
How To Deal With Inflammation?
The acute form of inflammation is the optimistic side of this health condition, which occurs whenever the body is injured: cuts, bruises, fractures or sprains. The area where the injury happened becomes red and hot. This inflammation is the body’s immune system’s response as taking action to heal the injuries (sending the white blood cell in the damaged area and causing the tissues to heat and destroy any possible infection).
What Causes Inflammation?
Besides the causes triggered by a stressful lifestyle, there are many other causes of acute inflammation (either health conditions or external factors) such as: smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, highly refined and processed foods such as refined sugar, high glycemic carbohydrates, not enough Omega3 fatty acids and antioxidants, weight problems and diabetes.
The immune system, when overwhelmed out by diseases or different lack of compounds it needs, starts acting like being under attack by this lifestyle and starts overworking. Many scientific researchers are in fact convinced that inflammation could be the main start of all dangerous diseases: Alzheimer’s, asthma, arthritis, GERD and ulcers, to heart disease and even cancer.
Taking care and dealing with these diseases successfully may also lie in treating the inflammation that’s fueling them.
How To Relieve Inflammation?
If you want to reduce acute inflammation, you first have to know if you have elevated levels of certain tests that are excellent markers for inflammation: CRP – C-reactive protein, homocysteine and MPO – short for myeloperoxidase.
In order to succeed treating the inflammation, you will also need to stop any inflammation-producing activities such as smoking and drinking alcohol in excess. Also, try and be more careful with your diet and respect the following:
- Limit the consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates: cakes, candy, some fruits, bread and pasta.
- Try and consume more good fats, which are monounsaturated fats: nuts, avocado, olive oil, as well as fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines.
- Limit acid foods. High acid foods like animal meats, eggs, lemon, grapefruit, and tomato.
- Eat more alkali foods. Yellow, dark green, vegetables like yams, kale, cucumbers fight inflammation by balancing acid with alkali.
- Add antioxidants: Vitamin C, resveratrol, E, selenium, Vitamin D3, bilberry, blueberry. Spices like turmeric (curcumin), ginger, cayenne, parsley.
- Increase fiber. Fiber helps sweep inflammatory toxins out of your system.
- Avoid dehydration. Try and drink as much water as you can during the day because dehydration easily triggers inflammation.