Inflammatory Disorder Treatments

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting us from injury or infection.  The inflammatory process works rapidly to destroy foreign and damaged cells, and isolate infected tissues from the rest of the body.  When the inflammation becomes uncontrolled, inflammatory disorders can arise, leading to destruction of healthy tissue.

There are many types of inflammatory disorders.  They often occur when the immune system erroneously triggers inflammation in absence of infection.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a common example of this.  Other inflammatory disorders may be triggered from injury or trauma.

Oxidative stress is caused by nutritional or environmental pollutants and emotional or physical trauma. Over a prolonged period of time, the stress can cause inflammation.  Food is a huge contributor to oxidative stress.  Sugar in any form such as drinks, sauces, tinned food, grains, and starchy carbohydrates is the biggest problem as it causes glycation.  The process of glycation results in many inflammatory diseases, particularly diabetes.

There are over 100 inflammatory disorders: the following diseases have high levels of inflammation or degeneration in the connective tissues:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diverticulitus
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia

Natural treatment for inflammatory disorders starts with diet.  Switching from vegetable oils to extra-virgin olive oil (high in anti-inflammatory omega-9 fatty acids), avoiding processed food, and eating simple whole foods with a balance between pro and anti-inflammatory foods.

For more information on inflammatory disorder treatment, talk to a naturopathic physician in your area.  A naturopath will help you discover the underlying cause of chronic inflammation and address diet and nutritional changes for a healthier future.

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