Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Scoop on Acute Inflammation and Chronic Inflammation

When you hear the word inflammation, what does that make you think of? Do you think of sore joints after a long run? Or maybe it makes you think of the aftermath of a bee sting. The point of injury that’s left hot, swollen and painful. Those are both examples of acute inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s first line of defense. Your body is attempting to remove the harmful irritants, damaged cells or pathogens. The five classic signs of acute inflammation are;
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Heat
  • Pain
  • Loss of function
Acute inflammation has several stages to protective stages in which to respond to injury. The first stage of inflammation is called irritation. Irritation is followed by suppuration (discharge of pus), then finally the granulation stage takes over which is the groundwork tiny, round masses of tissue, ie. a scab. Inflammation enables the body to prepare for the next stages of healing, immune response and tissue repair. This includes white blood cells being released to help engulf bacteria and debris. Without inflammation, infections could run rampant and quickly become lethal when an open wound is left unhealed. So why is inflammation getting such a bad reputation when it’s natural and necessary?

Let’s refer back to the bee sting scenario, however, on a larger scale. This is what chronic inflammation is like: when your body releases white blood cells to help heal damaged tissue, they release powerful chemicals. Chronic inflammation works the same way. For example, when you eat processed or refined foods, there are substances in that food that your body doesn’t know how to process. Your body sees these substances as a threat so it begins to release these white blood cells. Now there’s no real threat, but these white blood cells need to do their job so they begin to attack healthy tissue. 

Over time, this can lead to a general state of inflammation that’s in your entire body. This attack from the inside is a silent war; and day after day, white blood cells release these chemicals which can damage tissues in your heart, your lungs, and even your kidneys. This ongoing damage to vital organs increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Your level of chronic inflammation can be very telling of the future condition of your health. iGalen’s vision has been to live in a world of minimized and managed inflammation, leading to improved health and prolonged useful life and our flagship product Emulin+ balances your body and helps your body manage refined carbohydrates and minimize the effects of refined carbohydrates in your body.

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