This is how she described "good health":
- Her cholesterol was under control with Lipitor
- Her blood pressure stayed right around 120/80 with Lopressor
- Nexium kept her acid reflux quiet
- Imitrex worked like a charm on her migraines
This woman is anything BUT healthy. What she has is a chemically-induced absence of symptoms.
Sadly, people like this sickly woman are rapidly increasing in number in our society today. Plus we’re not dealing with isolated health challenges anymore—at least one out of four of us has two or more chronic conditions which are never "cured" but just "managed" with multiple medications.
And that's our new definition for "health"--medicated for life and never really feeling good, but making drug companies rich beyond belief.
What's behind these health horrors?
While there are many reasons for our abysmal states of health, one of the most significant underlying factors is chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is the primary causative factor behind ALL of these health trends:
- Nearly 7 out of 10 of us are overweight or obese.
- Allergic conditions (including asthma) now rank 5th among chronic diseases.
- Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and estimates are that by 2025, the number of Americans with diabetes will be at least 50 million.
- Arthritis and joint disease affect 53 million people in the United States--almost 1 out of 5 people.
- Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.
- Our number one and two killers—heart disease and cancer—are responsible for nearly half of all deaths.
- Nearly one-third of us have high blood pressure.
The good news is there are ways you can fight chronic inflammation and help prevent it from creating chronic disease in you.
And even if you are already affected with one or more chronic diseases, you can help mitigate their effects and even possibly reduce or eliminate the need for certain medications!
Here are four effective inflammation-fighting strategies that can help make all the difference in YOUR state of health:
1) Eat away at inflammation
These are foods that have been shown to help reduce inflammation:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Walnuts and almonds
- Herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, basil and rosemary
- Leafy green vegetables
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are Nature's anti-inflammatory. These are found in abundances in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and cod.
Unfortunately, also found in abundance in these critters are high levels of mercury, PCBs, and other toxins, especially in those caught from the Atlantic…so it's wise to avoid Atlantic varieties and eat only wild-caught Pacific or Alaskan varieties.
Also, purified, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil supplements are a great way to get the Omega-3 EFAs you need without having to worry about pollutants in grocery store fish. Just remember to talk to your doctor first if you are on blood thinners.
3) Do the avoid-dance
Just as important as getting natural sources of anti-inflammatories is avoiding these harmful inflammation-causing foods:
- Sunflower oil, corn oil, hydrogenated oils and other processed vegetable oils
- Refined carbohydrates (sugar, flour, white bread, pastries, etc.)
- Processed, packaged foods
- Fake foods (including margarine and artificial sweeteners)
- GMO foods (assume any packaged food that is non-organic has GMO ingredients in it)
- Meat and eggs from conventionally farmed animals, especially beef and chicken. Strive for organic versions of these.
- Conventionally grown produce with high pesticide residues. Try to buy organic as much as you can.
The beneficial bacteria in your gut house 70 percent of your immune system, so that should give you a clue as to how important they are.
Unfortunately, our gut bacteria populations have been under assault from things like antibiotics (from both pills we take and conventionally farmed animals we eat), refined carbohydrates, soda, smoking, lacking sleep, medication residue, and stress.
In addition, our exaggerated fears of bacteria and our efforts to wipe them out of our existence has created immune systems which have not been conditioned or developed to function as they were designed to.
Instead what we’re seeing are over-sensitive immune systems that launch an out and out inflammatory attack against harmless microbes or tissues, and this is coming out as our skyrocketing rates of autoimmune diseases and allergies.
So now more than ever, it’s crucial to help support your gut bacteria and immune system with a full-spectrum, multi-strain probiotic formula.
It’s never too late!
No matter what your state of health is, you can be helped by counteracting inflammation in your body with safe, natural measures.
Don't procrastinate. Do it now.