Inflammation: Yin-Yang of InfluencesPosted on Thursday, July, 28th, 2011 by in Immune Homeostasis (Immune Balance)
Hi. If you are time-challenged, and stressed out most of the time, but the fatigue makes it even harder to cope, there are some powerful steps you can take; the most important approach you can take however, is to control immune inflammation.
Inflammation is a yin-yang of influences. For example, inflammation is the primary way that the body protects us from illnesses initiated by pathogens or cancer cells. You might want to view a “pro-inflammatory” response as one in which the body is trying to “burn” the infection or cancer cells out (“up-regulate” inflammation). [A more moderate pro-inflammatory response is also used by the body for healing when we are injured or ill.]
A person who is feeling great, both emotionally and physically, is more likely to be in optimal health. In such an individual, once an immune challenge has been met, a healthy immune system will start to down-regulate (turn-down) immune inflammation (“anti-inflammatory” response).
Both phases of an inflammatory immune response are vital for survival. The body constantly strives for an exquisite balance of both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses. This is termed immune homeostasis.
Reducing the amount of excessive inflammation that your body produces will go a long way towards helping the body return to immune homeostasis.
Comments and questions welcomed: DrHellen@DrHellenGreenblatt.info
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