By Lindsay Hyzer On Wednesday, July 23 rd, 2014 · no Comments · In ,



Inflammation, a process meant to heal, can often become a danger; chronic inflammation causes heart attacks, stroke – and even cancer. How can you prevent this first-aid response from becoming a first-line attacker?

Inflammation is a complex topic, and you deserve a big pat on the back for taking the time to read this and stay informed.  Inflammation really is a health factor that cannot be ignored.

What are they and why we need them.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found in fish oil and certain plant and nut oils, like canola and flaxseeds, omega-3 fatty acids are heavy hitters in the fight against heart disease. Fish oil that contains both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) helps to lower triglycerides and reduces your risk for heart disease, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and lowers blood pressure. It is important to note that excessive omega-6 fatty acids, found in corn and sunflower oil, can interfere with the health benefits of omega-3 fats, in part because they compete for the same enzymes which can lead to an increase in inflammation-promoting hormones.

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Eat all the colors of the rainbow.

Fruits and Veggies At each meal fill half your plate with produce that contains protective, inflammation stopping phytonutrients. Berries are rich in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants; zucchini contains salicylates, an aspirin-like compound; and red grapes are ripe with quercetin, which inhibits the flow of histamines, the chemicals that cause tissue to become inflamed.

Delicious on eggs, chicken, and quinoa.

Curcumin. A powerhouse anti-inflammatory, curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, the spice used in curries and other Indian foods. Research has shown that curcumin is as effective as cortisone for treating arthritis of all kinds. In addition, curcumin lowers cholesterol and improves circulation and digestion. Furthermore, studies looking at food preferences and disease have shown that people whose diets regularly include turmeric have lower rates of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer.

Not surprisingly, hundreds of clinical trials have demonstrated curcumin’s ability to lower inflammation on multiple fronts. And researchers point to repeated successes while using curcumin to treat arthritis, allergies, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions associated with aging. I suggest a daily dose of 500 mg as a good place to start.

Great in green smoothie or check out recipes HERE.

Ginger ale to gingerbread, the spice is quite familiar to most, however, only PURE fresh ginger contains 500 different substances.  Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes long before science started examining it for health benefits. Number one benefit it fighting inflammation.  Great for arthritis and motion sickness. Studies have shown that it decreases inflammatory substances linked to various cancers, including colorectal and ovarian.

Here is a great “tea” recipe: use hot water, a few slices of ginger root (available in most supermarkets), and raw, organic honey. Of course, you can also use the spice or fresh root in cooking. Ginger is available in supplement form, too. Read the label and make sure you are getting PURE ginger with no fillers and binders.  

TAKE THE 30 for 30 Challenge

Challenge: Move 30 min a day for 30 days!

Immediately after even moderate physical activity, the body makes and uses more antioxidants, which cut levels of inflammation. Positive cardiovascular effects of exercise are associated with changes in cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Additionally, active people have lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation.
Change starts with you, but it doesn’t start until you do it.  -Zig Zigler