Last Updated on January 22, 2021
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to any form of stress or illness. Therefore, the types and causes of the inflammation may vary. It is important to be aware of the subtle signs of inflammation that your body gives so that you can act quickly as soon as you notice them.
There are two types of inflammation: acute inflammation and chronic inflammation. The first is a complex response to a situational threat such as a virus, bacteria, burn, or sprain, etc. Inflammation symptoms include heat, redness, pain, and swelling. Usually, once your organism eliminates the threat, the inflammation disappears.
In this article, we will focus on chronic inflammation, a permanent type of inflammation that is often a way of your body telling you that something’s wrong.
Here are some signs of chronic inflammation that you shouldn’t ignore:
1. Joint pain
Chronic joint inflammation is the immune system’s response to an underlying condition. It causes a series of joint problems such as swelling, pain, and stiffness. This inflammatory response is usually a sign of a more serious disease called rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes joint damage in the body.
2. Digestive problems
Every once in a while, you will have to deal with stomach issues such as diarrhea, bloating, and cramping. That’s a normal and basic response of your body to some types of foods. However, if you are constantly experiencing these problems, it might be a sign of chronic inflammation.
3. Red skin patches
Inflammation of the skin is one of the most common types of inflammation in the body. And it’s nothing you should worry too much about. Unless it doesn’t disappear after a few days or weeks. In some cases, chronic dermatitis is a sign of a chronic inflammation that should be properly diagnosed.
This might seem like a consequence of the modern lifestyle. But if you often feel fatigued (similar to the one you feel when you have the flu) it actually can be a sign of chronic inflammation. Remember, you are not supposed to feel extremely tired constantly.
Persistent cough, thickened mucus, and chest tightening are never a good sign. Even more so if these are ongoing symptoms.
6. Stuffed nose
Those who suffer from allergies know how annoying it is to have to deal with a stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes the entire spring. According to some studies, these common symptoms can also be a sign of chronic inflammation. So, it is worth finding out if it is really the allergies that are causing them or another underlying medical condition.
7. Swollen lymph nodes
Lymph nodes are important organs of the lymphatic system that are spread throughout the body. When your immune system is fighting off a threat, they become swollen. So, if they are constantly swollen, it is definitely not a good sign.
8. Stress and anxiety
Chronic stress anxiety can cause inflammation in the body. Eventually, it may even lead to depression which in turn can even aggravate other symptoms of chronic conditions such as fatigue. Your mental health is as important as your physical health, so make sure to take good care of it.
In all these cases, you should schedule a doctor’s appointment so you can be properly diagnosed and treated. That is why it is so important to have adequate health insurance that covers most health problems and medical appointments possible. Your health state is enough of concern – you shouldn’t have to worry about money in these situations.
9. Inflammation treatment
The treatment will obviously depend on the underlying condition that is causing inflammation in the body. But there are a few things that you can do to reduce inflammation in a natural way and to reduce the risk of developing health issues that lead to inflammation.
You are probably tired of hearing this, but your diet is the most important thing to keep you healthy. A balanced diet made up of fresh, natural products is definitely the way to go. At first, it may seem complicated to adopt a healthy diet. But with some willpower and the right planning, it is definitely possible. And once you get used to it, it becomes easy to stick to it.
There are also some foods that you need to avoid because they can worsen your inflammation. These include processed foods (the main cause of inflammation), refined sugar, gluten, alcohol, soda, some dairy products, trans fats, and caffeine.
On the other hand, there are foods that are particularly good for fighting inflammation and can help your body recover faster. These include fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats, whole grains, mushrooms, some spices, and probiotics.
Oh, and don’t forget to drink water! Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it is also essential to help your body expel toxins.
The best compliment to a healthy diet is regular physical exercise. Undoubtedly. It not only reduces inflammation, but it also improves your immune system and overall health. This is especially important as the years go by and your body becomes more fragile.
If you don’t like being locked in the gym running on the treadmill, try other sports. Outdoors or indoors. Team sports or individual sports. You will certainly find something that you can truly enjoy. Your health will thank you.
We have already highlighted the impact that stress and anxiety have on the inflammation of the body. But we can’t stress this enough, especially at a time when these types of problems are beginning to affect a large part of the population from a very early age.
People need to know how important it is to take mental problems seriously and not let them turn into chronic depressions. Try meditation, yoga, exercise, or seek professional help. There’s always something that will help you overcome whatever problem you might be facing.
Ideally, you should get all your vitamins, minerals, and every little thing that your body needs from healthy foods. If that’s not possible and you notice that your system is lacking something, supplements can be a great solution for your problem.