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четверг, 20 апреля 2017 г.

How to Spot the Signs of Inflammation

If we had our own personal full-body X-ray, we may be surprised at what we’d see, and
we’d also make different choices, so why not pretend that you can see your entire body and its goings-on! I bet you even have an idea of what it looks like, based on your lifestyle choices.
First, let me clear something up. There is good and bad inflammation. Your body has a pretty powerful defense system. The good inflammation, or the NORMAL inflammation, is imperative for survival. Definitely your friend.
Normal Inflammation (acute inflammation) is your body’s rapid response to injury or illness. Think about this happening when you, for example, sprain your ankle, get a sore throat, a sunburn or a cut.
What you don’t want is BAD inflammation (chronic inflammation), which causes your immune system to run amuck. Chronic inflammation becomes like a forest fire that you can’t put out.  
The biggest take-home and reason why you shouldn’t have chronic inflammation on your radar is hidden inflammation is the ROOT of all chronic illness, like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer and even obesity.


  • Feeling “heat” like your joints are on fire
  • Skin problem
  • Allergies and asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Continual bowel problems (constipation, diarrhea or bloating)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Ongoing pain in the body
You can choose a Pro-inflammatory lifestyle (choices that bring inflammation to the body), or an Anti-Inflammatory lifestyle (choices that keep inflammation away).


  • Stress out all of the time
  • Eat like a fool as a rule and not as exception
  • Eat inflammatory NO fats like refined seed oils (canola, corn, partially hydrogenated, sunflower, safflower, etc.)
  • Work all of the time and find no balance
  • Are in a paradigm where you are doctored up on modern medicine and don’t find a wellness outlet to manage health
  • Think negatively (i.e., engage in “stinking thinking”) and are critical of others
  • Running super low on vitamin D (most of us are, so PLEASE get your levels checked)
  • Your diet is filled with sugar, gluten and dairy
  • Don’t move your body (humans are designed to move a minimum of one hour daily)
  • Live like a hermit without human connection (with all of the meet-ups, interest groups and clubs, there is a place for you somewhere)


  • Eat a diet that consists of real foods as a rule and not an exception (see more below)
  • Create strong, healthy digestive health (more on this in future posts)
  • Take a good quality fish oil
  • Get enough sleep
  • Have positive relationships
  • Play and connect with others
  • Exercise and find time for movement at least one hour per day
  • Unplug from electronics once in a while
  • Keep your toxins down where you can (cleaning supplies, air quality, make-up and creams, etc.)
  • It all matters!  All of these lifestyle big hitters affect your molecules in such a way that you either create inflammation, or you don’t. That’s it.


  • Sugar
  • Poor-quality “NO” oils
  • Artificial sugars
  • Refined natural sugar like agave
  • Most grains
  • Frozen yogurts
  • Cheese sticks
  • 100-calorie snack packs
  • Most bottled salad dressings
  • Most packaged spice mixes and dips
  • Vegetarian meats (soy burgers, veggie loafs, soy dogs)


  • Grass-fed meats (filled with a good ratio of omega oils and CLA’s — anti cancer fighters)
  • Oily fish (like salmon and sardines)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh or frozen berries
  • Fresh or frozen vegetables
  • Avocado
  • SLIM protein
  • Olives
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fish oils
  • Red wine (in moderation)


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