The word ‘inflammation’ can be used to describe several injuries being experienced by the body, caused by various reasons. The term itself comes from the Latin word inflammationem, which can be roughly translated to mean “a setting on fire”. When we look at the causes, the concept still holds true. While most of us will understand what it means when a bee sting or a small scrape is described as inflamed, what does it mean when inflammation occurs within the body? Here’s what you need to know.
What exactly is inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural response triggered in the body when it detects a potential intruder. When something ‘foreign’ is detected, the immune system directs hormones, nutrients and immune cells to the area. As your blood flow increases, and your capillaries dilate to help them get there, swelling and warmth can occur. Inflammation to the site of pain is our bodies protection against intruders and supports our ability to heal itself. Usually, once the threat has been neutralised, the area returns to normal. Inflammation only becomes detrimental when it is overproduced.
When does inflammation need treatment?
In minor cases, inflammation does its job and then goes away. However, in some cases, inflammation can become an ongoing condition that places a strain on your body, as the cause never abates. Modern life tends to be the perfect recipe for chronic inflammation, below are triggers that lead to high inflammation in the body.
Not allowing our bodies to recover; Our impatience means we rarely allow enough time to properly heal our injuries, therefore creating further strain which triggers our bodies to produce more inflammation
Lack of sleep; We should be aiming for 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping for 5-6 hours per night can increase inflammation and decrease our immunity
Stress; Researchers found that chronic stress changes gene activity of immune cells before they enter the bloodstream so that they’re ready to fight infection or trauma — even when there is no infection or trauma to fight. This then leads to increased inflammation.
Poor diet decisions; Eating unhealthy food is really like having a chronic infection that triggers an immune response, which then causes inflammation.
Inflammation might not be apparent immediately, but over time can cause long-term damage and decrease your wellbeing.
What can we do about it?
Adopt a diet rich in anti-inflammatory properties;
• 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
• AVOID PROCESSED HIGH SUGAR FOODS
Movement and exercise: This will help decrease inflammation and stiffness, plus reduce pressure on your joints. Use pain relief products that are anti-inflammatory but also speed up blood circulation, such as ZEN Liniment.
If you are working a desk job, it’s so important to regularly move throughout the day. Sitting at a desk, a seemingly effortless activity, is the leading cause of strains and damage on our joints and muscles.
Regular sleep: 8 hours of sleep will help your body recovery and support a healthy immunity to combat high inflammation. Try to reduce technology at night and have a bath with Epsom salts.
Pain relief and anti-inflammatory products such as ZEN focus specifically on lessening pain and severity in the body, plus the natural ingredients found in ZEN are safe enough to use daily.
ZEN contains multiple therapeutic and anti-inflammatory eastern herbs and oils. It has been formulated on the principles of Chinese Medicine, to support chronic joint ailments such as arthritis. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.