Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chronic Inflammation

Happy Easter! He is risen! What a joyous day!

We spent the day at church celebrating and then we went to spend time with family @ Grandma's house (my mom). Our tradition is to hide Easter eggs filled with confetti and then we crack them on each other's head. It's hilarious and so much fun!

Lately I've been reading more and more on inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia and heart disease among many others. It's the culprit behind a litany of health issues and it's also the key to the aging process.

Of course we're all going to get "older" but it may be inflammation that causes us to "age" and deteriorate as well in health & vitality until we die.

Inflammation, according to the Cleveland Clinic, "is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In some diseases, however, the body’s defense system (immune system) inappropriately triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are affected or somehow abnormal."

Well, there is hope!

We can rely on inflammation-fighting essential nutrients. What are they?
Pure Water
Enzymes
Fiber
Vitamins and Minerals
Amino Acids
Essential Fatty Acids
Anti-oxidants
Probiotics

Exercise is also an important mortal enemy of inflammation. It helps ward off diseases and ailments. Anything from walking, dancing, bike riding - you name it. Get the body moving and exercising!

Your diet also plays a huge role in fighting off inflammation. Definitely limit your intake of junk food and definitely man made sweeteners. (see my blog on aspartame) Excess sugar and simple carbohydrates trigger inflammation in the body.

Some inflammation fighting herbs are turmeric, ginger, cat's claw and boswellia.

Of course, the best thing to do is to have a regular intake of the essential nutrients mentioned above, eat the right foods to ward off the inflammation, exercise and not get stressed out by having daily meditation (I call it quite time with the Lord). For those days that you do have chronic pain & inflammation, Shaklee's Pain Relief Complex and Joint Health Complex are available to alleviate the pain.

Hope this is helpful and if you have questions please let me know.

Blessings! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dietary Supplements

I just came across this article on supplements. I've been taking supplements for a long time - for about eight years or so. Well, maybe that's not too long but longer than a lot of people. Taking supplements is important but also equally as important is the brand of supplements that you take.

The first time I took Shaklee supplements, which was a strip of vitamins/minerals, I felt a HUGE difference! I had two preschoolers and my hands full with homeschooling among other things. I was drained and running out of energy and the daily strip of supplements really helped me get through each day with more energy. Well, that is, along with prayer and faith in the Lord. He always gives me peace and strength that I could not manage on my own.

If you're looking for quality supplements, try Shaklee - it's the #1 natural nutrition company in the US. Products are always safe and always work. Here's my website: www.healtyfoundation.myshaklee.com

Have a blessed day! :)

Here's the article on supplements:

Do you take a vitamin or herbal supplement? If not, chances are someone next to you does.

Data just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than half of Americans take some sort of supplement. To be precise, it's something about 53 percent of Americans do, according to a survey conducted between 2003 and 2006. The proportion is up from 40 percent during a previous study period from 1988 to 1994.

More women than men take supplements. And women 60 and over take the most of all. The most commonly consumed supplement is a multivitamin, which include at least three different substances, in case you were wondering.

One of the biggest changes over the years is older women's increased use of calcium and vitamin D supplements. Antacids containing calcium or tablets rich in calcium are often recommended to help strengthen bones. Same goes for vitamin D.

In the late '80s and early '90s the proportion of women 60 and older taking calcium supplements was about 28 percent. The latest data show it has climbed to 61 percent. But there's quite a bit of variation by racial and ethnic group.

A similar increase occurred with vitamin D. In the most recent period, about 56 percent of women 60 and older took some form of vitamin D compared with 30 percent in the period from 1998-1994.