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Greetings Readers!

Today’s topic is of extreme importance when it comes to your health.

Inflammation is the sidekick of nearly all disease-related symptoms regardless of whether it is a chronic condition, a temporary disorder, or the side effect of an injury.  And, inflammation generally causes the pain or discomfort that makes you aware that something is wrong in the first place.1

For instance, if you cut yourself and the wound gets infected, the affected area becomes swollen, red, and sore. Or, if you have an asthma attack, your bronchial passages swell and you experience difficulty breathing. Regardless of the disorder, inflammation generally accompanies it, which causes discomfort or pain. 1

Taking measures to reduce or eliminate overall inflammation in your body can be life-changing. It can reduce or eliminate pain, increase overall well-being, prevent disease from occurring in the first place, and in some cases reduce or reverse chronic conditions. 1

People often take analgesics (e.g., Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve) when they experience pain or discomfort. While these pharmaceutical remedies may provide temporary relief, they have potential side effects of their own, including stomach upset, diarrhea, heartburn, or worse.2

The good news is that there are natural alternatives that can relieve symptoms with no unwanted side effects (e.g., ginger tea for indigestion or turmeric for pain). And, the great news is that you can take proactive measures to minimize overall inflammation in your body, and this is where you can really create some life-changing effects. Reducing inflammation may prevent the development of chronic disease, enhance the way you feel in general, or improve or eradicate a pre-existing chronic condition by eliminating the root cause of the disorder.1

Chronic inflammation in the body may not sound like something to be concerned with, but it has been linked with some very serious and debilitating disorders, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and others.1

So, taking a proactive stance to reduce or eliminate inflammation in the body can not only improve your current health and well-being, it can also improve your chances of maintaining a high quality of life as you age.1

There are many causes of inflammation, but gut dysfunction is directly linked to inflammatory disorders. Other causes of chronic inflammation include medications, stress, poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol use, just to name a few.1

So, if you want to reduce the overall inflammation in your body, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Eat a healthy diet. For most people, this means eating little to no sugar or processed foods, consuming small to medium portions of high quality protein, and lots of fresh vegetables, healthy fats, and whole fruits. (join the FIYB Healthy Lifestyle Initiative and you can download my eating plan for free!<link: http://fitinyourbody.com/new-year.html
  • Consider taking a probiotic supplement
  • Eat fermented foods, and
  • Proactively address the factors associated with inflammation (e.g., exercise regularly, reduce stress by meditating, get adequate and quality sleep, etc.) 

I do hope you found today’s topic interesting and helpful. Eliminating inflammation is truly life-changing!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

P.S. While the content of this newsletter was primarily composed using the information presented in the first article below, there is a lot of information available on the internet about natural ways to reduce inflammation and improve gut health. Check it out!!

1. Marquis DM. How inflammation affects every aspect of your health. Available at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/07/inflammation-triggers-disease-symptoms.aspx

2. ShareCare. What are the side effects of analgesics? Available at: http://www.sharecare.com/health/analgesic-pain-relief/side-effects-analgesics

 


Comments

Anne Graves
02/05/2015 9:17am

My GP has always talked to me about this, but never really offered any solutions. I was pleased to see the resources you offered in this article. I do have a question - all the green "smoothie" recipes I have seen include some sweet additions. Allison, do you have any savory options that you have tried?

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02/05/2015 9:56am

Anne, I blend fresh fruits and berries into my smoothies, usually bananas, apples, strawberries, and/or blueberries. I have seen recipes that included melons and other fruits. Stevia (from health food store, not a blended one in the chain stores) is a natural sweetener with no sugar in it. Some people like the taste, others not so much. Also, one thing you should know is that if you follow a healthy eating plan (no sugar, processed food, fresh veggies/fruits, etc), things will begin to taste sweeter to you. One of the green supplements I use tastes like sweet tea to me when mixed with water. That was not the case when I first started overhauling my eating habits. I hope this was helpful!!

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