Prevent Inflammation Before it Disrupts Your Health
Have you ever felt the discomfort of arthritis, low energy, headaches, constipation, gingivitis, poor memory, restless sleep, sore muscles, and joints, etc.? Well, you’re not alone. Far too many people in our society suffer from these everyday discomforts. According to Dr. William Sears, “When excessive inflammation occurs, tissues that line certain parts of the body – such as the joints, the intestines, and especially the blood vessels – get “rough edges” and malfunction. Inflammation is the universal “kryptonite” to our overall health and well-being and is destroying our reality of obtaining and sustaining a good quality of life. Below is some information about how you can prevent inflammation and lessen its harmful effects.
The first step to prevent inflammation is to define inflammation
First, let’s explore exactly what inflammation is and how we get inflamed. The right balance of inflammation protects and heals the body but there can be too much of a good thing. Excess inflammation, as defined by Dr. Sears, is the immune system being “on fire.” There is a constant fight, or fire going on in the body that is propelled by such things as junk food. Unhealthy food is a primary cause of inflammation in our bodies. The body perceives poor quality food, such as chemical sweeteners and factory processed vegetable oils as foreign invaders. This results in the body constantly having to fight these invaders which continually ignite the fire of inflammation.
Foods that cause inflammation
Nutrition can be very impactful on our health depending upon which foods are consumed. According to Dr. Sears, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (also known as trans-fats), corn oil, soybean oil, fried foods, sweetened beverages, margarine, and high-fructose corn syrup are all examples of foods that promote inflammation. Consuming even small amounts of these foods can contribute to ongoing flames that are hard to put out unless they are confronted and handled as soon as possible. If people take the necessary precautions with nutrition and consume the essential “firefighter” foods, then a positive turnaround can be within reach.
Foods that prevent inflammation
You can prevent inflammation by refusing the pro-inflammatory foods and consuming the anti-inflammatory foods is the catalyst to providing relief from the turmoil that your health has endured. According to Dr. Sears, salmon, ground flax-seeds, olive oil, nuts, blueberries, pomegranates, green leafy vegetables, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, spices, and green tea are great examples of healthy foods that counteract the harmful effects of and prevent inflammation. If we consistently abstain from unhealthy food while fully indulging in the healthy nutrition choices this can result in the positive outcome that your health is yearning for! Be encouraged that today can start the beginning of turning your dietary habits toward one that can put out the flames and prevent inflammation.
Nearly a decade ago, my mother was diagnosed with an “incurable” cancer. Therefore, it was time to take action to recover her health. Along with my mother and brother, I researched, studied and implemented professionally proven nutritional and lifestyle changes which resulted in my mother’s elevated triumph to remission over cancer, in addition to losing over 100 pounds, lowering her cholesterol by 150 points, and stopping her macular degeneration. Since these successes, we’ve become health lecturers, consultants, and authors of 18 different Health and Wellness Nutrition Recipe books. I’ve obtained an English degree from UNCC.
Sears, William, Prime-Time Health. New York: Little Brown, 2010.