In my practice, and in my new book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat…And How YOU Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!, I talk a lot about the day-to-day habits that can make or break your health. At the top of the health-breakers list is inflammation. It’s a word my patients become quite familiar with as we work together to tame it. And now people outside wellness circles are also starting to hear about it a lot more too. Trouble is, most of them don’t really understand much about inflammation or just how destructive it is. You could say everybody's talking about inflammation, but what are they doing about it? Hopefully, they’re learning to take steps to prevent it. To help you do that, here’s a topline on what chronic inflammation is all about and why it’s essential to tame it.
Inflammation – it’s the starting point for so many life-altering conditions and diseases. It’s also avoidable, yet every day millions of Americans prime themselves for health disasters – like cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many auto-immune diseases– by making choices that unwittingly promote chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury or stress. If you cut yourself, get an infection or sprain an ankle, acute inflammation is a normal immune system response. However, chronic inflammation occurs when this process goes wrong and starts to affect healthy tissue. This chronic inflammation may play an important role in aging and other illness such as heart disease, arthritis, bone health and allergies.Poor diet is one of the major contributors to chronic inflammation so incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is essential.