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Foods that Help the Inflammatory Response


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Many modern diseases and conditions have what we would term an inflammatory response. Arthritis is a particularly painful inflammatory response as is chronic back pain.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Fats and Oils – Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents. They are converted into hormone like substances called prostaglandins. They are found in cold water oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or herring, flaxseed (sometimes called linseed) and their oil. Omega 6 fats are also responsible for reducing inflammation and pain and they can be found in pumpkin, sunflower, safflower and sesame seed oils.

Fruit and Vegetables – Green and brightly coloured vegetables and fruits can help the inflammatory process. The pigment in brightly coloured fruit, vegetables and in particular berries, contain many phytochemicals and anti-oxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. For example quercetin which can be found in the skins of red apples and re onions is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory.

Spices – The spice tumeric is thought to have anti inflammatory properties and is often recommended for those with arthritis. It can be added to food in the natural way or taken as a supplement

Pro-inflammatory Foods

If you are suffering from an inflammatory disease, it would also be wise to avoid pro-inflammatory foods that might increase your pain and inflammation.

Foods to avoid include any junk food and fast food, especially trans-fats and saturated fats. Too much saturated fat means too much arachidonic acid which although essential in the right amounts can be responsible for making your inflammation worse if you consume too much.

Diets high in sugar have also been associated with inflammation and so should be avoided. Another possible cause for concern is foods that come from the deadly nightshade family. Foods such as potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant have been known to aggravate the pain of inflammation.

Adjusting your diet in this way is the first line of defence for any anti-inflammatory regime. Such dietary changes ideally, need to be initiated early on in the disease if they are to have any noticeable effect.

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Anti-aging Regimes Require a Multifactoral Approach

Having recently reached the age where the title OAP seems both scary and yet seemingly inappropriate (my idea of what constitutes an OAP is a million miles away from how I currently see myself) my attention has been focused on the topics of aging and anti aging. How much of the aging process do we just have to accept as “old age” and how much of it is due to our lifestyle choices? More importantly, if some of it is due to lifestyle choices, what can we do to reduce its impact on us as we approach our 3rd age?

Aging is not the result of any one factor but rather an accumulation of many factors including:

• Excessive body weight
• Changes in hormone levels
• Dehydration
• Toxic build up
• Cell oxidation
• Inflammation
• Diminished enzyme production
• Poor circulation
• General wear and tear

These are just a few of the many causes of the aging process, so you can see that the anti aging process is both multi-factoral and complex, to say the very least. In order to reverse or slow down the aging process we need to find a way to address all of these factors. We need to consider a holistic approach to our health that will address the issues at a systemic level. A careful tailored, step by step program is an excellent starting point to ensure that you feel more youthful and energetic, and ultimately more healthy.

First and foremost we need to change our lifestyle habits and reverse the effects of “what we have done to ourselves” over the years.

We need to look at:-.
• Improving the quality of the foods we eat
• Increasing our daily exercise
• Reducing the toxic load
• Detoxing regularly
• Reducing free radicals
• Boosting the immune system
• Reducing the inflammation

All of the above can be achieved relatively easily with a bit of thought and preparation. It is about re educating yourself to understand the effects that certain lifestyles can have on your overall health and in this case, the aging process. You can then make an informed decision as to whether you want to make the necessary changes for the sake of your health and longevity, and ultimately the anti aging process.

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