WHAT IS INFLAMMATION : Phillips Health Care Newsletter
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WHAT IS INFLAMMATION

by Phillips Clinic on 12/28/21

If a cut on your skin swells up, turns red, and hurts, those symptoms are signs of acute, or    short-lived, inflammation.

Feeling hot or losing function may be signs of inflammation from other harm to your body. Some inflammation that occurs in your body’s cells or tissues may not have outward         symptoms.

Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense to injury or infection, and, in this way, it is beneficial. But     inflammation is damaging when it occurs in healthy tissues or lasts too long. Known as chronic inflammation, it may persist for months or years.

Inflammation may result from many factors, such as:

· Environmental chemicals

· Injuries like scrapes, insect stings, or a splinter in your finger

· Pathogens (germs) like bacteria, viruses, or fungi

· Radiation


Inflammation plays a key role in many diseases, 

some of which are becoming more common and 

severe. Chronic inflammatory diseases 

contribute to more than half of deaths worldwide.


Inflammation is associated with diseases such as the following:

Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis

Cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease

Gastrointestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease

Lung diseases like asthma

Mental illnesses like depression

Metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes

Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease 

Some types of cancer, like colon cancer.


HOW TO CURB INFLAMMATOIN

According to Scripts Health 

Load up on anti-inflammatory foods

Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids 

Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods

According to Scripts Health 

Load up on anti-inflammatory foods

Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids 

Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods

Inflammatory foods include red meat and 

anything with trans fats, such as margarine, 

corn oil, deep fried foods and most processed foods. 

Control blood sugar

Limit or avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white flour, 

white rice, refined sugar and anything 

with high fructose corn syrup. 

Make time to exercise

“Regular exercise is an excellent way to 

prevent inflammation,” Dr. Gray says.

Make time for 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic 

exercise and 10 to 25 minutes of weight or 

resistance training at least four to five times per week.

Lose Weight

People who are overweight have more inflammation. 

Losing weight may decrease inflammation.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress contributes to inflammation. Use meditation,   

yoga, biofeedback, guided imagery or some other method to manage stress. 


Call 702-33-4000 for your appointment, 

or request online at PhillipsClinicLV.com 



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