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When your immune system is operating correctly, it uses inflammation to attack invading pathogens and help heal damage to the body. But chronic inflammation – when an overstimulated immune system continually causes immune cells to damage your body’s own organs – is one way this system can go wrong.

And nowadays chronic inflammation is going very wrong for many people.

Right now, inflammation that won’t turn off is believed to be dragging down the health of four out of ten Americans, more than 130 million of us.1 Added to that, researchers estimate that five out of ten of all deaths worldwide are attributable to health conditions that are affected by long-term chronic inflammation.

What can you do? Plenty. Let’s take a look…

Traditional healers have known about the basic immune system process called inflammation for a very long time. Thousands of years ago an ancient Roman author named Aulus Celsus wrote about how inflammation was part of the healing process for wounds and caused warmth, swelling, redness, and pain in the affected areas that had been damaged.

Inflammation linked to a variety of illnesses

It wasn’t until the 1800s that chronic inflammation was recognized as a health problem that didn’t play a part in healing. And today we understand that chronic inflammation is a serious danger that can lead to a stunning number of serious illnesses. That includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune disorders and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Unfortunately, the default western lifestyle that many of us follow today – sitting for hours with our eyes glued to a video screen and munching on highly-processed food – is custom-made for encouraging the immune system to set off chronic inflammation.

Poor diet is leading cause of inflammation

One of the main culprits is diet. The foods we eat can be so problematic that researchers have now created a Diet Inflammatory Index which measures the power of your foods to either increase your chances of chronic inflammation or protect against it.2

The foods you should be eating to lower inflammation include fruits, vegetables, nuts, fatty fish, green tea, and dark chocolate along with extra virgin olive oil and spices like turmeric and hot peppers. You should limit red meat and avoid processed meats like hot dogs and bologna altogether. You should also give the cold shoulder to sugar-sweetened drinks, anything containing artificial sweeteners, fried foods and refined grains like white bread and most breakfast cereals.

Ultra-processed foods that have been stripped of many health nutrients but are often filled with damaged fats, sugar and other additives can also lead to dangerous inflammation. These foods include things like chips, French fries, donuts, candy bars, cakes, cookies, fast food milkshakes, soft drinks and just about any food that includes the word “instant” in its name.

Experts say that if you read a product’s ingredients list and it includes things you don’t recognize and would never use for home-cooked meals, it’s most likely an ultra-processed food. Regrettably researchers have found that about 58 percent of our calories today come from ultra-processed foods.3

That’s why it’s critical that you adopt lifestyle habits that can curb chronic inflammation.

George Slavich, director of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, says that "If we make people aware of these risk factors, our hope is that individuals will reduce the factors that apply to them." But so far, these pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears and most Americans have lifestyles that make chronic inflammation all but inevitable.

Follow an anti-inflammatory lifestyle

There are many things you can start doing today that can reduce the inflammation in your body and improve your health this year and for years to come. It starts with your diet. Foods particularly helpful for fighting inflammation include:

·       Berries: Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.

·       Nuts: Almonds, walnuts and pecans.

·       Fish high in omega-3 fats: salmon, sardines, herring and anchovies.

·       Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, radishes, avocados, tomatoes, spinach.

Of course, generally speaking, just about any fruit or vegetable is better for keeping inflammation under control when compared to a processed food. Diets such as the Mediterranean diet, the MIND diet, the Longevity diet and the Green Med diet are all fantastic for lowering inflammation.

Adopting an anti-inflammatory lifestyle means adopting other healthy habits as well. For example:

Get some exercise daily: Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise. Don’t sit for long periods of time without getting up from your chair. A study at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that 20 minutes of moderate exercise acts as an anti-inflammatory.4

Stay socially engaged: Don’t sit at home by yourself day after day. There hasn’t been a lot of research into it, but a study at Penn State indicates that loneliness can increase inflammation.5

Avoid air pollution: When the air outside is polluted, exercise indoors and don’t exert yourself outdoors. A growing amount of research shows that air pollution is linked to heart disease and cancer. A study at the University of New Mexico also shows that breathing in smoke from fires can cause brain inflammation.6

Don’t skimp on sleep: Research shows that not getting enough sleep or having sleep disturbed with a breathing problem like sleep apnea can increase inflammation in the body.7 If you toss and turn, snoring, snorting, and waking up constantly, seek help from a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner to help solve your sleeping issues.

Our takeaway

To me, it’s pretty obvious – if you want to stay healthy, you have got to keep your body protected from chronic inflammation. It starts with what you’re eating and how much you’re moving your body around each day. Chronic inflammation is truly a problem you can solve with simple, affordable changes to your lifestyle.

Best regards,
The Green Valley Team



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