Inflammation can be our friend or foe. It is our body’s attempt at self protection. It is a beneficial when it is a short-term response to healing an injury. That’s the “a friend in need is a friend indeed” phenomenon. A root cause of “lifestyle diseases” like Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Arthritis is the chronic, low-grade form of inflammation. The foe that creates havoc and pain in all areas of life is this silent, persistent inflammation.
It takes time–sometimes decades or centuries–for our bodies to adapt to a new environment. In the past 50 to 60 years, we have added tens of thousands of new environmental factors, including chemicals, human-made substances, foods, and liquids. This enormous onslaught defies adaptation in that short time. For example, 80,000 commercial chemicals that are used in the United States were newly discovered and developed in the last several decades. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that emissions from industrial plants and facilities will easily reaching 2.5 billion pounds annually; it is likely that each one of us will be exposed. The Integrated Information System of The EPA is where all the toxicity data is kept based on scientific studies. It only contains data on 550 of the 80,000 chemicals. The risk of the other chemicals is unknown.
How then do we live? Minimizing these chemicals in your life and thereby minimizing chronic inflammatory diseases is imperative in order to LIVE YOUNGER. Some are impossible to get completely away from. The best defense is often a good offense. Here are five simple, inexpensive suggestions that are proven to reduce the low grade form of inflammation:
- Incorporate anti-inflammatory spices into your eating plan: Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, and marjoram.
- Drink green tea: Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has researched the relationship between green tea and reduced inflammation.
- Consider sleep a nutrient: Lack of sleep is associated with numerous serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and musculoskeletal disorders. Sleep resets your “emotional compass” which reduces stress.
- Move more: It is widely proven that there is a direct correlation between lack of exercise and an increased risk of chronic diseases. Find something that you like to do. One of my almost-famous sayings is “Exercise is to be enjoyed, not endured.” Ping pong anyone?
- Eat more foods that naturally detoxify your body: These “super foods” include almonds, avocados, beets, blueberries, cabbage, garlic, and kale.
Decrease silent, persistent inflammation. START SOMEWHERE today to change just one thing in your life that will help you LIVE YOUNGER and have more vitality for the important areas of your life. You can do it. I’m here to help you.