My last post talked about inflammation, the cause of most diseases, and many of the things that lead to inflammation. Unless we know-and avoid-these enemies, we're going down.
Fact is, though, just aging increases inflammation. Obviously, something needs to be done.
Homocysteine measures inflammation
First off, check your homocysteine level to see just how much inflammation you're dealing with. You might ask your doctor to order this simple blood test or get it at one of the independent labs that are popping up.
Homocysteine measures inflammation, and you need to know how you compare to the range that says you're okay. Where you want to be is at the bottom of the normal range or even below it.
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go get the test.
And if it says you have too much inflammation, what then?
Start fighting back by getting your vitamin/mineral house in order. Give your body the tools it needs to fight the good fight by building your nutrition foundation. You can't have health and energy without solid, balanced vitamin/mineral program. THIS IS HUGE!
Saturated fat in your diet-from grass fed meat and coconut oil-does good things.
Coffee does wonders for inflammation. Black, caffeinated has the most punch.
Garlic-raw or cooked-works really well but requires very understanding friends, family and co-workers. Aged garlic tablets, such as Kyolic, get the job done without the aromatic advertising.
Avoid soy, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial sweeteners and fast food.
And get some exercise. Not the no-pain/no-gain type; that's so last century. Besides, intense physical exertion increases inflammation. Interval exercise, where you go hard for brief periods followed by periods of going easy, seems to work well. Weights do better than cardio. Walking's good, too.
I could go on, but just these things will move you to a good place.
You can win the war against inflammation. You just have to be intentional about it.
You'll notice I didn't mention medications for inflammation. There are none.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.