Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Inflammation

Inflammation is the process that occurs when your body's white blood cells and chemicals protect you from the bacterial and viral invasions. Your body needs some level of inflammation to stay healthy.  Problems arise when your body's inflammatory response gets out of control. Did you know that excessive inflammation has been linked to conditions like asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and even cancer?

What Increases Inflammation?
In his article, "What You Need to Know  About Inflammation?", Dr. Mercola, D.O. states that obesity, poor diet, existing heart condition, diabetes, lack of exercise, smoking, long term infections, gum disease, and stress, lead to a risk of developing chronic inflammation.

How to Treat and Prevent Inflammation Naturally Without Drugs?
Dr. Mercola, suggests making changes to your life style.  Some of his suggestions include:

  • Focus on a healthy diet - avoid trans-fats, fried foods, sugars, grains, and overcooked foods.
  • Take Omega 3 fats - he suggests krill oil
  • Optimize your insulin levels
  • Quit smoking
  • Optimize your vitamin D intake - best source of vitamin D is sun exposure, however, in the winter you may need to take D supplements.
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