What is inflammation?

Many diseases, including osteoarthritis (“arthritis”), have their origins in the inflammatory process.  But what is inflammation, and what exactly causes it?

The process of inflammation is an important one that helps keep us protected from trauma and pathogens (bacteria) that might seriously harm us.

Problems begin to occur when inflammation is not a temporary response to imminent danger, but an ongoing condition precipitated by some form of toxicity. These toxicities can come from lifestyle factors such as a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, or mismanaged stress, or they can be the result of something less manageable such as repetitive stress injury or cartilage breakdown (arthritis).

Let’s take a look at how and why inflammation takes place.

We’ll assume that you have cut your finger while cleaning a dirty countertop. This sets in motion a series of events called the inflammatory response. First, the blood flow to the injured area increases, bringing with it components of the immune system that fight invading bacteria. Due to this increased blood flow, and the release of histamines from the immune system’s mast cells and basophils, the tissues become warm and red and begin to swell. The swelling presses against nerve endings, causing the pain we associate with inflammation.

Once the invading pathogens have been eradicated, the immune response discontinues and all returns to normal.

When the inflammatory response is ongoing, as with arthritis and various other degenerative conditions, the status quo is never resumed. As part of the inflammatory cascade, free radicals are generated. These damage nearby tissues and, when inflammation is short-lived, the tissues have time to repair themselves. However, when inflammation is ongoing, the tissues are subjected to a continual onslaught of oxidative damage. Over time, this can cause further degeneration of the tissues and give rise to the diseases we associate with aging.

11 thoughts on “What is inflammation?

    • Team PURICA says:

      Thank you for your Question,
      There is no evidence to say that Recovery will help with sinus pain however Recovery does help to reduce inflammation in the body therefore you may experience decreased pain because of that.

  1. Peter says:

    I broke my ankle in November 17 and had surgery on 20th, A plate and six screws was installed and I have swelling ever since. The swelling has gone down to about 10 percent. My wife recently brought PURICA Recovery extra fort and I have seen some improvement after taking it a few times. Swelling comes and goes depending on how active I am. Question ? Do I stay the course and what do you recommend to help with recovery.

    • Purica says:

      Hello Peter! Recovery is a great option for you to take! Did you get the powder or the capsules? I would recommend taking 1tsp, 2 times a day – or 5 capsules 2 times a day for at least 2 months as a good loading dose, then you can go down to more of a maintenance dose (1/2 tsp or 3 capsules – 2 times a day). Make sure that you take away from dairy, as dairy blocks some of the absorption of the product. If you have anymore questions please feel free to email or call at kate@purica.com 877-746-9397

    • Purica says:

      Hello Christine, Thank you for your question. Absolutely. Recovery has no known contradictions with any medications.

  2. Pat Gibson says:

    I have recently had a rash on my forehead after about three weeks after using Recovery extra strength beyond pain relief because of a swollen knee diagnosed as runners ‘knee patella femoral pain. Is this an allergic reaction as my cosmetics and skin care have remained the same. My knee seems to be stabilizing and I don’t want to discontinue the product.

    • Purica says:

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Firstly, we are happy to hear your knee is stabilizing. Recovery kills harmful bacteria and this is most likely a part of detoxifying, not an allergy and will pass. Suggest that you drink plenty of fluids as this will help as well.

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    • Helen says:

      Quick question – should I avoid dairy altogether while taking Extra Strength Recovery or is it simply when consuming the dose?

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