THE REAL SECRET TO ANTI-AGING
It may not be on your radar, but there is a good chance your body is harboring the fastest growing dis-ease precursor that has been known to man and you're not even aware of it. Chronic inflammation is the cause of many health challenges from Heart Disease to Diabetes, Cancer and more. It is also a key in the aging process and who isn't aging every year? We all are getting older – but just maybe it's inflammation that is really the root cause of deterioration of our health and vitality. Once you get chronic inflammation under control, you may reduce your risk of disease and begin to slow the aging process.
So what is inflammation and why does it happen? Inflammation is a swelling in the body and it happens naturally when you have an injury. It's your body's way of healing itself from wounds, or illness. Usually, it is temporary and part of the process for the body to heal itself. It is chronic inflammation, that continues to build, that will eventually create more serious, long term health challenges. We carry genetic triggers in our bodies that “turn on” when we have abused the body for too long.
But, here's another injury to your body that you may not even be considering, and that is DIET. Certain foods create inflammation in our bodies too.
Common Diseases That Are Triggered By Chronic Inflammation:
Cancer Alzheimer's Heart Disease
Stroke Arthritis Congestive Heart Failure
Lupus Kidney Failure Aortic Valve Stenosis
Asthma Psoriasis Pancreatitis
Allergies Anemia Fibromyalgia
This list is just a few of the most prominent conditions that people are familiar with, including surgical complications, which results in greater difficulty when healing.
How Does This Happen?
It starts as a natural response to a stimulus. It could be an injury, illness, your food (especially GMO's) or your lifestyle. Inflammation will progress in one of two ways. If the body receives the nutrients it needs to repair and return to good health, then the inflammation is only temporary and a natural process to healing.
If the stimulus creating the inflammation is repeated every day and becomes a habitual way of life, then inflammation can ultimately lead to pain, infection, a weaker immune system or all of the above causing more susceptibility to bacteria, viruses, or parasites creating more inflammation. It becomes a vicious cycle which will eventually break down organ functions, leading to the common diseases mentioned above. Every person's body reacts differently to prolonged inflammation based on many circumstances. The common link is inflammation that eventually overwhelms the body and keeps it from healing as it should.
The Common Denominator is Ultimately Your Nutrition
The Three Biggest Instigators Of Inflammation Are:
1. Blood Sugar normally rises every time we eat, but when we consume foods that are high in carbohydrates, our blood sugar spikes at higher rates and the body has to work harder to compensate for it. Constant abuse of your body could ultimately lead to diabetes, or weaken the arteries or heart which could lead to heart disease. Same with arthritis or Alzheimer's. Don't forget, your DNA markers play an important factor too.
2. Acidity promotes inflammation and is caused when our pH balance strays too far from the normal range for too long. You can test your own acidity levels of saliva and urine easily, which should range between 6.0 and 7.0. Below 6.4 is on the dangerous side and your body isn't able to absorb or utilize your vitamins and minerals very well, which are needed for your body to repair itself. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is the key while reducing meat, starch, sugar.
3. Oxidation happens when free radicals (molecules looking for an extra electron to attach to) move through the body and damage the cells it comes into contact with. In time, left unprotected, oxidation can lead to cancerous conditions, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other inflammatory diseases. Oxidation can run rampant when we don't eat enough anti-oxidant rich foods like blueberries, tomatoes or leafy greens, Adding these types of foods to our diet can go a long way in balancing the damaging effects of oxidation to cells and tissues. If you want an army to fight for you, it's necessary to supply them with the ammunition and protection needed.
Now, You Can Out-Smart Your Genetic DNA to Reduce Inflammation
Through your genetics and family history, you may be predisposed to certain conditions. Knowing that in advance gives you the information you need to change the outcome for you. Genes respond to what we give them. If you continually have a diet that is high in processed sugar, simple carbohydrates or contains an excess of foods that are highly acidic, be aware that you are setting yourself up for an inflammatory response. The choice is yours.
If you take note of your family history of Diabetes, Cancer, or Heart Disease, you can modify your behavior. Consume less sugar, get adequate fiber, take plenty of anti-oxidants, eliminate GMO foods and drink pure water. When you avoid foods that produce inflammation, you will be better able to keep your genes in check and create greater longevity.
This is a good place to address blood type. Some people do well with more complex carbohydrates (not in the form of starches, but vegetables,) and less animal protein, while others need the protein and can't process starches in their diet. Certain foods will create more inflammation for people so looking at the blood type can signal those inflammatory foods for you. I believe this is key to the differences in genetics. Most of us tend to eat according to our family tradition.
Recent Updates In The Ketogenic Diet - May Be The KEY!
In the past few years, there has been a healthy revision of the old Ketogenic (Atkins) Diet, which I have found to make the most sense for less inflammation, healthy weight loss, and a reduction of dis-ease through dietary adjustments. Recently I have become a Certified Keto Coach, and will be sharing more of the benefits by making Lifestyle Changes with the Keto Diet as one of the Keys to unlocking a Healthier Lifestyle and Longevity in the days ahead.