If you’ve spent much time researching healthy lifestyle modifications for your diet and exercise, you’ve probably come across repeated claims that a certain diet or lifestyle is anti-inflammatory, and that’s good. Because inflammation is, apparently, bad.
But if you know anything about your body’s healing process, you also know that inflammation is a key step, and it plays a key role in helping us fight infection and recover from disease.
So is inflammation bad or good? Well, it’s kind of both. The problem with inflammation isn’t that it exists, but that we end up with too much of it when there’s no need for it. This can lead the normally healthy response to cause damage with long-term consequences.
What Makes Inflammation Good
Inflammation plays a vital role when it’s triggered in response to injury. You might notice this obviously if you cut yourself or hit your thumb with a hammer. The wounded area swells up visibly.
But inflammation plays a positive role in some less obvious injuries, too. When you work out to strengthen or maintain muscle, you are causing your muscles some tiny injuries. That’s what can make them feel sore in a day or two. Inflammation gets triggered in this situation to help your body repair and build muscles.
The Role of Inflammation in Healing
The inflammatory response is a very visible way that the body responds to injury, but what is going on? And how does it help healing? Inflammation occurs when injury attracts certain immune system cells from the blood. As these cells, which are in the blood all the time, concentrate in the area of injury, the area swells up and turns red. There is localized heat from the elevated chemical and cellular activity. The cells that enter the area attack both invading elements and damaged cells. They also release chemical compounds that help stimulate the healing process, including the generation of new blood vessels and skin.
In addition to an influx of cells, inflammation includes an increase in protein-rich fluids. These fluids can dilute local toxins and provide the resources the body need to repair itself. It also makes it easier for fibrin to flow into the area. Fibrin is an insoluble protein that helps the body close wounds and start scaffolding new tissue.
How Inflammation Helps Fight Infection
As noted above, inflammation includes the influx of many different cells and substances. These can help the body fight infection. Among the most important cells in this role are the macrophages. Macrophages are large cells that can eat other cells. They eat damaged cells, making room for healthy cells. However, they also eat invading cells, such as bacteria. And they can eat other invaders, such as viruses.
Infection isn’t just about eliminating the invaders, it’s about controlling the toxic damage these invaders can do. Many infectious cells release toxins to try to kill your cells–especially your immune cells. The fluid flowing into the inflamed area helps dilute these toxins to protect your immune cells. This lets your immune cells safely attack the invaders.
In all these situations, it’s critical to have a focused, rapid inflammatory response to get proper healing.
What Makes Inflammation Bad
On the other hand, inflammation can be bad if it’s in response to a chronic situation. Over time, the flood of inflammatory compounds in the body can cause all kinds of damage. In obese individuals, the inflammatory compounds released from fat cells contribute to many of the serious health harms associated with being overweight, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Another noteworthy source of chronic inflammation is stress. When your body’s stressed, the immune cells can be damaged, causing them to release inflammatory chemicals inappropriately. This causes widespread damage to the body and increasing the risk of many serious health complications.
NuCalm Helps Control Inflammation
NuCalm is a very potent way to control inflammation. Treatment with NuCalm immediately puts your body into parasympathetic nervous system dominance. This means that your body is in healing mode, and as part of that healing mode, it initiates a controlled inflammatory response. This focuses and energizes the healing of the body, while at the same time removing unnecessary and damaging inflammatory compounds from the body. That’s partly because it gets your stress under control, reducing the release of inflammatory triggers due to stress conditions.
The overall impact is better healing every day. Whether you’re fighting an illness, struggling with traumatic treatment like radiation or chemotherapy, or trying to heal from surgery, NuCalm can help you get a better healing response while reducing the risks associated with chronic inflammation.
To learn how NuCalm can foster better healing in your body, please contact a local NuCalm provider today.