What is Inflammation?

Inflammation results when your body responds to injury or when it mounts a localized attack against a foreign invader, such as a bacterium, fungus, or chemical. The inflammatory response causes the 4 classic signs of inflammation: redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Whether the inflammation occurs in a knee you've overused skiing, in your toe when gouty arthritis (see Gout) flares up, in your jaw with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome, or at the site of a mosquito bite on your arm, inflammation is the same. The redness and warmth occur because your body releases chemicals—when it's hurt or protecting you from invasion—that open up blood vessels to bring more blood into the affected area.
Inflammation Release of other body chemicals attracts immune defenders (white blood cells) into the area in such numbers that the sheer volume of them makes the area swell. This swelling stretches the tiny nerve endings in the area, contributing to the pain you feel. And the localized war that rages between your body's defenders and the invaders leaves the battlefield strewn with toxic chemicals that also contribute to the pain.

When inflammation strikes, what can nutrition offer to help alleviate your discomfort and promote healing? Let's see in Inflammation diet.

What makes inflammation worse?

•  Red meat and egg yolk both contain fairly high amounts of arachidonic acid, the forerunner that your body alters to produce the "bad" group of prostaglandin messengers. Recommendation: During times when inflammation of joints, tendons, or bursae trouble you, reduce your consumption of these two foods to help reduce the number of "bad" prostaglandins you can produce.

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