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Inflammation and Pain

Inflammation is a major part of your body’s set of defense mechanisms. When your body senses an intruder, no matter how small, it will respond biologically to properly remove it. The reaction could be as small as the swollen and red skin around a splinter or it could be as intense as Type 1 diabetes where the body attacks its own tissues and cells. Overall, there are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation can be seen in bee stings or a small infection. Chronic inflammation is more severe; some examples are autoimmune disorders and severe allergic reactions. The products in this category can aid with protecting your body from harmful invaders and providing a strong response to protect your body from harm. While they are not cures, they can provide assistance to reduce pain.

The History of Inflammation

The history of inflammation-related studies spans many centuries. The first processes of studying and recording inflammation go back to the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, introduced us to the word, “edema” (which is still used today). The beginning concepts about inflammation were mainly developed through the ancient thinkers’ own intuition and thought, but the conversations they started changed the way we would look at inflammatory responses in the later centuries. Through the 19th and 20th centuries, more and more improvements were made in order for us to study what inflammatory responses are and why they occur. Today, scientists are still studying the prevalence of conditions like Type 1 diabetes in the hopes that someday we'll be able to provide treatments and cures.

Anti-Inflammatory Diets

While anti-inflammatory diets cannot cure an individual, they can certainly reduce the prevalence of pain and severe reactions in some cases. The Mediterranean diet has been hailed as a wonderful option for those looking to make lifestyle changes to decrease their inflammatory responses. This diet consists of high fiber foods, nuts, leafy greens, olive oil, fruit, and fatty fish. Studies have shown that those with chronic inflammatory responses tend to not eat from this particular diet. Foods that are highly processed and have high sugar content should be avoided if one is trying to reduce the occurrences of chronic inflammatory responses.