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May 13, 2016
“Inflammation is the silent killer” was a title first used by Time magazine back in February 2004. Many years later we continue to learn more about it and why lowering chronic inflammation is essential for good health.
What’s so bad about chronic inflammation?
There are two major types of inflammation. When we are injured, acute inflammation is the body’s way of healing itself. Once the healing is complete, the body returns inflammation levels to normal, the pain stops and we carry on with our lives. Chronic inflammation is different because it’s prolonged and persistent and may go on silently without pain. With chronic inflammation, the immune system can no longer turn it off. This can cause further systemic issues and potentially lead to degenerative disease. Dr. D’Brant from the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine and Dr. Bauer from the Mayo Clinic both agree that chronic inflammation can lead to serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune conditions, diabetes and more. Preventing and/or lowering chronic inflammation is essential to our health, so let’s look at some proven ways to reduce inflammation.
1. Alkalize your diet
2. Get Omega 3 fatty acids daily
3. Fermented foods for the gut
4. Turmeric, turmeric and more turmeric
5. Reducing stress
It’s important to remember that what we do most of the time is really what counts. Some like to use the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the time we’re working toward our health goals by adopting healthy habits and behaviors. As you feel better, you become more motivated to continue your journey. After all we deserve to feel our best.