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! :)

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