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Inflammation and Aging

Posted on 11/5/2012 by Dr. John Moore III in Nutrition Anti-Aging Age Management
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We all experience some level of inflammation issues. Reducing the causes of inflammation may be one of the keys to reverse aging. The science of reducing inflammation is certainly consistent with Synergistic Health Center’s recommended best practices.

Inflammation is a bodily response to injury or potentially harmful agents entering the body. Antibodies and the immune system can be triggered by certain foods and environmental agents in the process of protecting the body from these contaminants. It is often accompanied with local heat, redness, swelling and pain. However, inflammation isn’t always helpful. It can act as a destructive force when the immune system mistakenly targets the body’s own tissues as in diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Whole-body inflammation can build up imperceptibly over time and mounting evidence suggests that this can lead to many age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It should be obvious that ingesting the wrong types of food, or smoking over a long period of time can significantly impact your levels of whole body inflammation.

So how do we reduce the causes of inflammation? Stop eating the wrong foods and stop smoking. Quite simply, we should eat what we are genetically programmed to eat and avoid what our bodies would recognize as something we are not designed to ingest. You should eat what the human body has evolved to eat. That means raw fruit, raw vegetables, meat, poultry and eggs from grass-fed animals,  fresh fish, wild game, nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, spices, organic oils and fats (olive oil, coconut oil). In addition drink lots of water. Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum and lean toward red wine and stout beers.

Considering what we actually do, it’s not surprising to see the number of age related diseases on the rise. We smoke. We eat processed foods and grains that your body isn’t programmed to recognize. We eat sugar and artificial sweeteners that your body can’t process. We cook in partially hydrogenated oils and other oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed  and soybean for example) that are not easily processed by the body. We drink copious amounts of soda filled with processed sugar that again our own immune system reacts toward.

Do you want to slow down the aging process? Then STOP IT! And that isn’t easy! In a nutshell, all you need to do is eat mostly fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, chicken, and meat. Eat until you begin to feel full, and then stop. Take the key supplements, and exercise more. There is no need to make it more complicated than this.

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