I have written before about the role of inflammation in health and wellness. When it comes to fighting infection, inflammation is essential. Inflammation heats things up in order to kill the infection. That’s the good news. The bad news is that inflammation is also a chronic condition which, over time, leads to the major “diseases of civilization,” including coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
To avoid these eventualities, we need to keep chronic inflammation as low as possible. To this end, I was pleased to read the following tips for minimizing inflammation in the April issue of the Harvard Health Letter. They fit nicely with the recommendations you have been reading for many years here in the Wellness Pathway section of LifeTrek Provisions. Clickable links to those Pathways are included at the end of each tip for those who want more information.
- Keep regular dental appointments to spot and treat periodontal disease. Inflammation anywhere raises the level of inflammation everywhere.
- Eat a low-calorie diet and exercise daily. The process of storing excess calories as fat is an inflammatory process. Read More
- Avoid saturated and trans fats, eat omega-3 fatty acids (in fish oils) and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil). The former stoke inflammation; the latter suppress it.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates. They promote inflammation by aiding the formation of free radicals.
- If you drink alcohol, drink moderately. In moderate amounts, alcohol may cool off inflammation.
- Avoid cigarettes, including second-hand smoke. Clearing the lungs of smoke is another inflammatory process.
- Take a lose-dose aspirin (81 mg) on a daily basis. Other than for those with gastrointestinal problems, aspirin is a safe, anti-inflammatory drug. Here is another pathway on Aspirin.
If you do not know the level of your own chronic inflammation, you may want to see your doctor for not only the standard lipid and blood-glucose tests but also for a C-reactive protein (or CRP) test. Elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, and CRP are all indications that you may want to become a careful practitioner of the Harvard Health Tips.
Coaching Inquiries: Do you know your level of chronic inflammation? How many of the Harvard Health Tips do you practice routinely? Which ones would you like to strengthen? Who could assist you to get your levels of inflammation under control?
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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