What causes Inflammation?
Think of inflammation as your body’s way of protecting you from foreign invaders. Your body creates white blood cells to protect you from bad bacteria and viruses. From there, your body’s immune response will trap the bacteria, which causes the unwanted symptoms of inflammation. These symptoms include swelling, redness, and bruising. For some, this can cause temporary discomfort as well. However, there's no need to panic. This is an essential part of the healing process.
There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic.
Acute is the most common type of inflammation. When you get a paper cut, your white blood cells rush to the opening in your skin and work to repair the damages. After you cut yourself, you may notice swelling, redness, or heat around the paper cut. This is a sign your body's immune response is working to heal itself.
Chronic inflammation is when there aren't any bad bacteria or viruses to protect your body from, and your immune system is disrupted and starts to attack your tissues. You can’t always see the side effects of the inflammation with chronic, but you can feel it. When your joints ache or you feel fatigued, these are symptoms of chronic inflammation that can be signs of a much more serious problem.
Free radicals and environmental factors can also cause inflammation in the body. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules that have an uneven number of electrons. When they enter the body, they can cause havoc and destabilize your immune system. The best way to combat free radicals in the body is with antioxidants. Antioxidants work to stabilize the free radicals and protect your body from unwanted diseases and inflammation.