Ever had a paper cut? Ouch! So tiny, yet so red and painful! That redness and pain is a result of acute inflammation. A simple little cut in our skin causes our body’s immune system to activate a variety of cells that destroy bacteria, form blood clots, and renew the skin so that our wound heals with a tiny little scar.
Acute inflammation has a special short-term purpose of healing our bodies from injury, infection, and allergies. Once the situation is under control, the inflammatory response shuts down. Chronic inflammation occurs when our body doesn’t recognize when the “fire is out”, and there are still “smouldering embers” somewhere inside.
Let me put it another way. We’re sitting on the 50 yard line, watching our home team football game, and we have the ball. The opponent is our cross town rival and we begin to run the ball. The defense pushes back, effectively, but doesn’t stop when the play is done! Then, our opponent’s bench clears as they all join in, aggressively continuing to tackle us. Unbelievably, these guys start going into the stands, taking out the spectators! People of all ages are getting hurt, the trainers and medics can’t take care of the injured quickly enough, and our team can’t shut them down!
Silly example, I know, but you get the idea! As our body’s immune system continues fighting the infection, injury or allergy, even after things have calmed down, damage is done to tissues and organs that were otherwise perfectly healthy. Chronic inflammation consists of acute inflammation that just keeps going, having far-reaching effects. If left uncontrolled over time, it can lead to degenerative conditions and diseases.
Here are some lifestyle changes that we can implement right now to vastly reduce the inflammation already existing in our bodies and prevent it in the future.
- DIET Diets high in sugar and saturated fats promote inflammation. A great way to change it up is by increasing our intake of monosaturated fats like cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, adding Omega 3 (we use Flax Seed oil at our house), and eating whole grains, rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables, and dark chocolate (80% if you can). Look for probiotics in Kefir, live active cultured yogurts, or even a probiotic tablet is good.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT Prevents chronic inflammatory diseases. Don’t forget to EXERCISE!! Even as little as a brisk walk for half an hour a day will make a huge difference in your overall health and bone strength!
- STOP SMOKING! “nuff said!”
- GET PLENTY OF REST Solid, uninterrupted, restful sleep restores, replenishes and rejuvenates our body’s cells and tissues. If you can, a good 7 – 10 hours a night is the goal.
- REDUCE STRESS Yes, you can!! Try some yoga, meditation, deep breathing, listening to calming sounds, visualization and relaxation techniques, and saying “no” more often to over commitment.
- SUPPLEMENTS When you eat on the fly, you can’t always be assured of getting all the nutrients your body needs! When it comes to antioxidant supplements, I can only recommend one product line, because IT WORKS and has the widest variety of high antioxidant fruits and vegetables available! Lifeoxylin Elixir lets you drink your colors! Diets high in antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables provide a wide array of health benefits; in addition to protecting our cells from oxidative stress, antioxidants are known to strengthen our immune systems, reduce cancer risk, prevent macular degeneration, and protect against heart disease. What colors do you get from Lifeoxylin Elixir? Concord Grape, Blueberry, Purple Carrot, Acai, Noni, Blackberry, Mangosteen, Beet, Escobillo, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Apple, Cranberry, Strawberry, Mango, Quebracho Extract, Yellow Carrot, Pineapple, Pear, Aloe Vera, Polypodium, Broccoli, Olive Leaf Extract, Spinach, PLUS…RESVERATROL, CO Q 10, and ATP (energy!)
- SKIN CARE Celloxylin Skin Care System is jam-packed with Free Radical fighting ingredients such as Resveratrol, Caffeine, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, and Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract to name just a few. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream. It is wonderful that there is now a way to put these great antioxidants right on our skin, so we can get the oxidative stress/free radical fighters working internally and externally, all day long, every day.
So, please, while you can, take care of yourself from the inside out and even aging can be beautiful!!
“Fighting Free Radicals” http://www.aprioribeauty.com/FIC/candace/back_office/did_you_know
“Is Chronic Inflammation the Key to Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer?” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chronic-inflammation-cancer
“What is Chronic Inflammation?” http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/whatischronicinflammation.aspx
“Two Faces of Inflammation”, Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D., Linus Pauling Institute http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/ss07/inflammation.html
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