Inflammation is the body’s natural way of repairing itself.
Our wellness blog is a great way for Face Plus to share advice, thoughts and feelings on a number of topics but the one topic that most resonated with our followers was the blog “Ways you can avoid inflammation in the body”, you can recap here.
We discussed ways of avoiding inflammation in the above mentioned blog, but we thought you might enjoy reading about the impacts inflammation can have on the body.
Inflammation is the body’s response to outside threats like stress, infection, or toxic chemicals. When our immune system detects one of these dangers, it will respond by activating proteins meant to protect cells and tissues. In a healthy situation inflammation is a good thing, a very good thing.
BUT if immune cells start to overreact, this type can be harmful causing the tissues in our body to break down faster and is considered to be the root cause of many diseases.
Joint damage: If inflammation occurs in the joints, it can cause serious damage. A joint damaging condition that many of you will be aware of is rheumatoid arthritis.
Those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, experience pain and stiffness in their inflamed joints. But because the immune reaction isn’t limited to the joints, there is a higher risk for them to have problems with their eyes and other parts of the body.
Heart disease: When any part of your body is injured or damaged, this can trigger inflammation, even inside of your blood vessels. Fatty plaque in the arteries can trigger chronic inflammation.
The fatty plaque attracts white blood cells, grow larger and can form blood clots, which can lead to a heart attack.
As linked in our previous blog, unsightly veins are also caused by inflammation in the body, check out our blog on veins here.
Cancer: Chronic inflammation, as mentioned above, has been linked to cancers of the lung, oesophagus, cervix and digestive tract. A study performed by the Harvard University in 2014 found, teens that were obese with high levels on inflammation had a 63% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer in adulthood compared to healthier or thinner teens.
Weight: One of the most effective ways to combat inflammation in the body is by losing weight – if you are obese or overweight. If you fall into this category and you’ve been struggling to lose weight, that’s because it is a lot easier said, than done!
Because the elevated levels of inflammation is related protein, it can make losing weight a lot more difficult than it should be. Chronic inflammation can influence hunger signals and slow down the metabolism, so you eat more but you don’t burn enough calories.
Skin: Inflammation has been connected to faster cell growth and is believed to play a role in the formation of wrinkles and the visible signs of aging. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise and take care of yourselves!
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