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Controlling Inflammation

Controlling inflammation is a hot topic today. Inflammation is the root cause of just about any ailment you have, or will develop. Inflammation is the latest amazing medical discovery.

Controlling inflammation will help you live longer. Controlling inflammation will help you avoid heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, even cancer. Controlling inflammation will help you with arthritis, macular degeneration, stroke, lung disease, irritable bowel syndrom, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, and even lose weight.

“Chronic inflammation is an emerging field”, says Dr. David Heber of UCLA.

What is Chronic inflammation? What are the causes of inflammation? Inflammation comes from your immune system not knowing when to turn off. When bacteria or viruses enter your body and cause an infection, your body naturally sends out defenses to fight the invaders. But they good defenders remain active – even though the invader is gone. Then your immune cells and hormones that were activated by the defenders, turn on the body itself and actually damage the tissues. This happens at varying levels, usually very low so that you don’t feel pain or realize that anything is wrong. Years later you find the damage has contributed to an illness such as heart disease, neurological disorders or even cancer.

Your own fat cells – those around your middle – are often the biggest source of inflammation. Your fat makes a fire in your belly that spreads throughout your body. Then fire elsewhere in your body sends more inflammation to your belly, thus creating a vicious cycle of inflammation. Sad fact is that fat cells create inflammation, which creates more fat. That’s why as you get inflammation in check… you lose weight.

What’s the key to controlling inflammation?

Top of the list to controlling inflammation is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Anti-inflammatory diets will be heavy on vegetables, whole grains, nuts, oily fish, some proteins, and spices such as ginger and tumeric, and brightly colored fruits. I personally add in a mangosteen product that fights inflammation. The foods that promote inflammation are saturated fats, trans fats, corn and soybean oil, refined carbohydrates, sugars, red meat and dairy. Now you see why you will probably also lose weight with an anti-inflammatory diet. An added benefit.

What’s great about controlling inflammation with your diet, is no side effects. No list of side effects that come with most medications. And you should see improvement in just a few weeks.

How to Find Your Level of Inflammation.

The best indicator of your level of inflammation is the C-Reactive Protein – or CRP rating. Anything over 1.0 is should be considered high. Next time you get your blood work done, ask your doctor to include the CRP test.

To date there is no specific therapy or prescription drugs have been evaluated for its ability to reduce levels of CRP. However, a handful of non-pharmaceutical interventions have been studied for their potential in relieving inflammation and lowering CRP levels. These include regular exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, and stress reduction. Xanthones found in the mangosteen fruit have been shown in scientific studies to be a power natural anti-inflammatory, without any side effects.

By decreasing inflammation, men and women can potentially reduce their risk of many chronic diseases of aging caused by free-radical damage and chronic inflammation. Do your body a favor and start to reduce your inflammation today.

Photo by Charles Williams

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