What is inflammation?
But first, let’s clarify what inflammation actually is. Inflammations are important protective and defensive reactions of our body to damaging external or internal stimuli. Or to put it another way: inflammation is a repair measure that our immune system initiates in order to limit and ward off damage or irritation of the tissue and then to repair the damage. An inflammation un-ignites a healing process, so to speak.
During an inflammation, various defence substances are released. Among other things, these ensure that the blood vessels in the tissue dilate and more blood and other fluids reach the inflamed area. The defence cells in the blood support the healing process. Pain and functional restrictions should ensure that we take it easy on the area. Once the trigger is removed and the injured tissue is repaired, the inflammatory reaction normally subsides.
However, if the body does not manage to remove the cause of the inflammation, chronic inflammation can develop. This happens, for example, with permanent tissue damage that the body cannot repair. Sometimes the defence system also turns against its own body. In this case, the defence cells do not attack foreign substances, but actually healthy tissue, as is the case with so-called autoimmune diseases. These diseases, such as rheumatism, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, are also chronic inflammatory diseases, but they are not preceded by acute inflammation.
Possible triggers for inflammation
The causes of inflammation are manifold. Possible triggers for inflammatory reactions in our body are:
- “natural” pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites
- Bruises, strains or bruises
- Chemical or physical stimuli such as acids, burns, frostbite or sunburn
- External injuries to the skin such as wounds or penetrated foreign bodies (e.g. wood splinters)
- internal causes such as too much uric acid in gout or fatty deposits in the blood vessels
- Allergens such as pollen, animal hair or food can also cause allergic inflammation in the body and mucous membranes. führen
A local inflammatory reaction is limited to a specific part of the body. This is the case, for example, with a cut or minor wounds, but also with a sinus infection or bronchitis. A so-called generalised inflammation affects several parts of the body or organs. In the worst case, the whole body is affected. Whether and to what extent an inflammation spreads in the body depends on the triggering stimulus and the state of our immune system.
The 5 signs of inflammation:
We all know the classic five signs of inflammation, the so-called cardinal symptoms:
Redness, swelling, increased local warmth, pain and functional impairment of the affected area.
However, not all symptoms always occur equally.
In some cases, an inflammatory reaction is also accompanied by fever.
Chronic inflammations that do not cause any visible or noticeable signs of inflammation and thus spread unnoticed throughout the entire body are particularly dangerous. These so-called silent, hidden or smouldering inflammations mean an enormous burden for our organism, as inflammatory processes are continuously taking place in the background, so to speak, and often over many years. This not only puts a strain on the metabolism, but also on the body’s own detoxification system. Accordingly, silent inflammations are one of the main causes of our civilisation diseases.
In silent inflammation, the inflammation itself becomes the problem and no longer the trigger and thus also the cause of possible non-specific signs of inflammation such as fatigue, headache and pain in the limbs, sleep disturbances, digestive disorders or an increased susceptibility to infections.
Permanently undetected and untreated, silent inflammations are associated with many serious secondary diseases:
- Diabetes type 2
- Autoimmune diseases (rheumatic diseases, multiple sclerosis)
- Vascular calcifications
- Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke
- Metabolic diseases
- Metabolic syndrome
What are the causes of silent inflammation?
The most common causes of silent inflammation are a combination of an unbalanced diet (too few vitamins, minerals, trace elements and secondary plant substances), constant stress and too little exercise. Other favourable factors are:
- Unhealthy lifestyle (heavy smoking, frequent alcohol consumption)
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Belly fat
- Disturbed digestion / intestinal flora
- Acidosis (shift in the acid-base balance)
- Acute inflammatory lesions that have not healed (such as sinusitis or maxillary sinusitis)
Our advice against (silent) inflammation:
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In orthodox medical practice, unfortunately, the causes of inflammation are still rarely investigated. The use of cortisone or other medicines is still standard practice in many places. The fact that only superficial symptoms are treated, but never the real cause, is accepted. But this should not be the case!
In addition to careful research into the causes, the individual’s own responsibility plays a major role in holistic therapy. A healthy lifestyle as well as a balanced and healthy diet are an essential component, not only in the treatment of inflammations or corresponding secondary diseases, but also in their prevention. We recommend a ketogenic diet, depending on individual body weight, combined with healthy weight management to reduce excess belly fat, as you will find in our revolutionary nutrition concept dr. reinwald metabolic regulation®.
Another key component of our holistic programme is to boost and improve metabolism through more exercise. Ideally through a lot of activity in the fresh air as well as through different types of sports such as stretching for more flexibility, endurance or strength training. Balancing, gentle sports such as yoga, tai chi and qui gong also have a good effect, as they reduce stress and also improve the metabolism.
In addition, ensure good sleep hygiene – without disturbing factors and ideally with fixed sleeping times, take regular time-outs and optimise your stress management.
Do good to your body,
so that the soul will want to dwell in it.
Teresa of Avila
(Silent) inflammations – proven help from nature
According to the motto “nature is our best pharmacy”, there are many natural helpers that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and have also proven themselves many times over here. We would like to introduce just a few of them:
- MSM, an organic sulphur compound, as well as the body’s own substances glucosamine and chondroitin are used in particular for complaints of the musculoskeletal system (joints, tendons, muscles), as they have a supporting effect on function and regeneration and are also known for their effective pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can find MSM in our products: FlamEXX comp und SulfoCLEAN®
- MSM is also found in fresh foods such as raw milk, sauerkraut, tomato paste, meat and fish. Especially foods that contain mustard oils (garlic, onions, wild garlic, radish, horseradish, leek, cabbage, mustard) are rich in organic sulphur. But be careful: Heating, drying and other processing methods of modern food preparation destroy this important nutrient.
- Vitamin C is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Besides citrus fruits, a real vitamin C bomb is the camu camu plant, a myrtle plant that is considered a traditional remedy by the indigenous peoples of South America.
You can find Cam Camu in our vitality product FlamEXX comp • Our product provides you with fat- and water-soluble vitamin C. EyeCQ
Other natural helpers are…
- Reduced glutathione (GSH) is one of the body’s most important antioxidants and plays a key role in all detoxification processes in the body. Because: Reducing the toxin load in the organism also reduces inflammation.
Our vitality product Glutathione comp supports you here.
- Zinc is an important cofactor of glutathione and thus essential for protection against free radicals and thus also against inflammation.
You can find zinc in many of our products, such as FlamEXX comp or VitaDK plus
- The trace element boron is also known as an anti-inflammatory, as it enables repair processes in the cell.
Like zinc, boron is also an important cofactor in our products such as in FlamEXX comp, VitalBASE® or Active H®
- Cinnamon, turmeric and ginger have been used in Indian and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat inflammation, among other things.
- There are also a number of herbs that have proven to be effective in the treatment of inflammation: Nettle, arnica, comfrey, yarrow, thyme, rosemary and peppermint.
Do you feel irritable or exhausted all the time and always have infections? Do you have elevated inflammation levels, but your doctor is not getting to the bottom of the cause? Do you have questions about our metabolic programme dr. reinwald metabolic regulation® or would you like to get to know it? Our friendly team – consisting of therapists and alternative practitioners – will be happy to advise you on the subject of inflammation. Call us now or use our chat.