That depends on the root cause of the inflammation itself. If you have a new injury, illness or other malady then having the white blood cells and their manufactures rush to the spot to begin stabilization, waste removal and repair is a good thing. If the inflammation becomes long term or chronic this can become bad and will be the topic of discussion below.
The way inflammation works is that; either or both of your sympathetic and or parasympathetic neurochemical electrical or immune systems are called into play because of a disturbance.
This disturbance can be a recent injury, bacteria attempting to infect you via multiple entry points, a virus, mold or other pathogen and a few other various sundries.
Your body sends the white blood cells which cause the swelling to stabilize the area in the case of a break, dislocation, muscle tear or similar.
Their presence also causes immune system activation in these areas which helps kill bacteria entering a cut, begin to transport broken or damaged cells out of the area for recycle or disposal and helps facilitate the replacement of those damaged cells.
This is the type of inflammation that you want. This is very good for defending and healing your body and without this response many small injuries could become life threatening and you could die.
This article is part 2 of 2 with the first article being: Can Inflammation Kill You? Which you can read by clicking the blue link.
Disclaimer: The following is for educational purposes only. We are not advocating a change in dietary, health or exercise protocols. Please seek the advice or council of your nutritionally educated health care practitioner prior to engaging in any dietary or exercise changes.
Is Chronic Inflammation A Bad Thing?
If you have long term inflammation it could be deemed chronic. There are two types of chronic inflammation.
How Is Chronic Inflammation Good?
Good chronic inflammation is where you have a sickness, disease, infection, broken bone of other malady that is taking a terribly long time to heal. The tissues of it and around it can remain inflamed for the duration until it’s healed.
This is a good thing.
You wouldn’t want your body to stop sending in the cavalry (the good soldiers to fight the bad guys) halfway through the battle, that would be silly.
You need your immune response throughout the entire affair.
You actually need it there when the battle is won as well to facilitate cleanup as well. There will be a lot of debris that needs to be removed after such a long intense fight. If not cleaned up, it will rot and cause challenges, so it must be removed before the job is 100% done.
Then, on the other hand, you have the bad type of inflammation that we are going to dive right into below.
What Is Bad Chronic Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is more than just inflammation that doesn’t subside.
Let’s say that you had an infection, and the area became inflamed as it should. The infection has been defeated and the cleanup is over, but the inflammation won’t go away.
That’s one type of chronic inflammation that is usually short lived. The body figures it out and the inflammation subsides within a few days to a few weeks.
But what happens when it either doesn’t go away or is there in response to an autoimmune problem such as an allergy, Rheumatoid arthritis that is an autoimmune attack response or other such challenge?
Well, that’s where it becomes a real problem.
You can’t just stay on NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory drugs) all the time because they will cause their own set of challenges. They can cause ulcers to form, destroy your gut microbiome, become addictive, deaden your pain response so that you injure yourself without normal pain responses and even caused neurological damage from long term use.
Plus, that’s just not an answer, you have been on these things for years and you still have not addressed the underlying problem or condition. Until you do so, you’re just going to be on that never ending downward spiral of needing more and more pills to cover your ill’s.
Whether it’s from an allergic response, an autophagy error where you’re literally eating yourself or some other type of autoimmune error, you need to end the response, not cover it up and or attempt to just numb the pain or discomfort.
You need to address the underlying factors and remove them.
What Are Some Of The Causes Of Chronic Autoimmune Inflammation?
Chronic Autoimmune Inflammation can be caused by many things, but the main culprits are going to be where the immune system is either damaged, has produced itself incorrectly or is hyper registering insignificant challenges such as toxicity and over reacting to them.
Can Inflammation Be Caused By A Damaged Immune System?
Here you could have ingested to many antibiotics, they have been shown to cause the immune system to go off of its rails.
You might have a chemical exposure that is derailing your immune system. This is so common these days because of the sheer amount of chemicals you’re exposed to every day.
Many of them are things you wouldn’t even consider, such as when you buy a new house or car or have carpet cleaned or replaced. The glues they use to hold the carpet down are so potent that many people feel their nose and or eyes burn when around brand-new carpeting.
You’re breathing in those gases. The same can be said for many if not most new paints. You can smell the chemicals in the air in a house that’s just been painted. Well, those carpet and paint chemicals are leaching out for years after they have been applied.
When you go shopping for food, many if not most of the things you buy have been packaged in plastics. The bottled water, the lining of the cardboard milk container or the BPA ladened lining of most of the cans for today’s canned foods are all out gassing.
They are leaching out into the food products and then you consume them.
You know about auto exhaust, plane fumes, smoke, factory fumes and the rest, but there are so many hidden chemicals it’s unbelievable, and we won’t even start to talk about all the chemicals they put INTO the foods themselves on purpose.
Here’s the thing you really have to know. None of these chemicals were around 200 years ago except for the odd chimney that burned wood or coal in the winter.
Your body has no idea what most of these things are, it didn’t develop with them over the last 100,000 years, there are new ones are being introduced into the environment every single day. It’s crazy!
So, when people ask us, how in the heck does your immune system become damaged, we ask, how in the world is it that everyone’s immune system isn’t?
We are bombarded by so many chemicals that it’s a miracle that any of us are still upright.
Your immune system becomes damaged and then it overreacts to any stimulus and then sets in for the long haul and becomes chronic.
The best method that we are aware of to remove these toxins from your body is called juice fasting. You can discover that for yourself right here.
Can Your Immune System Be Reproduced Incorrectly?
This is generally cause by one of two things or both together.
Either your diet doesn’t contain the elements needed to rebuild your immune system as it’s used up or those chemicals we discussed above and or other toxins cause it to be rebuilt improperly.
In many if not most cases it’s a bit of both. You’re immune rebuilding is compromised by chemicals and your diet lacks the nutrients to build it properly, so it’s a double whammy.
One simple thing you can do is get a free app called Chronometer that tracks your macro and micronutrients and shows you where you’re deficient. Then let’s say you’re deficient in selenium as an example.
Easy, you consume two Brazil nuts each day and you’ll see that you’re now getting plenty. So, what we mean here is that, you see you’re low in something, you Google foods high in that thing and consume just enough to meet your daily needs. Pretty simple.
As for the toxins in your environment the best thing you can do is to detox yourself from them. To do this we strongly recommend a juice fast that you can discover for yourself right here.
Why Is Your Immune System Overreacting?
This could be due to the chemicals you’re exposed to, a genetic defect, or not getting the proper nutrition.
Virtually all doctors will say that you have a hyperactive immune system and prescribe a drug. But that’s not identifying why it’s hyperactive or addressing the root cause so that you can fix it, that’s just masking the symptoms. You can choose to go that route because it’s the easiest for now, but it will end up being the hardest down the road when you have to clean up those drugs too.
Now, we are not attempting to go against the advice or council of your healthcare practitioner, not at all. We are just letting you know what the reality of the situation really is.
So many people ask us all sorts of questions about the immune system that we’d like to take just a moment and answer them for you now.
Skim over the sub-headlines posed as questions and then read the ones that interest you, there are bound to be a few because most people share the same interests and questions as each other.
Now Let’s Answer Some Of The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Inflammation
Can Inflammation Cause Weight Gain?
Yes, there are two ways this can happen.
1. The inflammation itself is causing a lot of water retention that is now showing up on the scales as weight. Think about it. If you have a knee as an example that is swollen to twice it’s normal size, that size weighs something, so yes, that shows up as pounds on the scale.
2. When your body is chronically inflamed it can hold water systemically, either intramuscular or subcutaneous, but the effects are the same, you weigh more and are having a hard time figuring out why.
You need to deal with the inflammation. Once that’s gone, you’ll typically drop a lot of water weight really fast.
Can Inflammation Stop Weight Loss?
Yes, it can. It’s interconnected with the mechanisms that we just discussed above in ‘can inflammation cause weight gain?’
Then, the other reason over and above that is that your body prioritizes based upon need.
If it sees the inflammation as a need above the weight loss you want, it can slow it to preserve calories, nutrients that are missing in your diet that it needs and because it wants to create stasis.
Can Inflammation Cause Cancer?
Absolutely. Inflammation is known to be a major cause of cancer. Inflamed tissues start to become overly stressed and then they themselves become aberrant or start to produce aberrant replicas as they go through normal cell division.
Can Inflammation Cause High Blood Pressure?
Yes, it sure can. When you have inflamed vascular tissues such as the endothelial cells (the cells that are the lining of your arteries that are in contact with the blood) the diameters of the arteries are lessened, and this of course raises the pressure and also the work the heart muscle must output to move the same volume of blood which can lead to a heart attack.
Can Inflammation Cause Tinnitus?
Yes, it can. The swelling of the tissues of the inner ear causes the malleus to be in constant increased pressure contact with the eardrum which cases the ringing sensation. Then the eustachian tube swells and cannot drain properly. This sets up the scenario for even more inflammation as the fluids back up and irritate other components.
Can Inflammation Cause Hearing Loss?
Generally, no, not directly it doesn’t. As you saw above in ‘Can Inflammation Cause Tinnitus?’ It causes swelling that lowers the ability to hear, then more often than not when the inflammation subsides the hearing returns. So, in most cases the hearing loss is temporary.
Does Inflammation Cause Swelling?
Yes. The reason is inflammation by its very definition is actually swelling. The two are one in the same in most cases.