Inflammation: The Hidden Enemy

In normal situations, inflammation is the body’s natural way of protecting itself from infections or toxins. Unfortunately, for many people inflammation gets out of hand, and that can lead to some serious health problems.

Some of the first things you may notice are sleep disturbances, weight gain and fatigue, but these are just the beginning of the problems that are caused by too much inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even heart disease and increased risk of cancer. And these are only some of the harmful effects of chronic inflammation.

Fortunately, there are some natural ways for you to prevent and eliminate chronic inflammation. Evidence shows that inflammation starts in the digestive system. This makes sense since 2/3 of our immune system is in the gut. A healthy gut means a healthy immune system. An unhealthy gut leads to immune issues, including chronic inflammation.

To create a healthy digestive system, as well as a healthy immune system, we need to eat healthy foods – and eliminate problem foods that are so common in today’s modern diets.

Foods to eliminate include:

• Polyunsaturated oils
• Processed carbohydrates
• Refined sugar
• Wheat
• Alcohol
• Fast food
• Dairy products
• Eggs

These foods and others can trigger autoimmune reactions in your body that cause chronic inflammation.

Instead, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs like garlic, turmeric, oregano and ginger that are known to fight inflammation. Include essential fatty acids and if you choose to eat animal products, eat wild caught Alaskan salmon or shellfish. Nuts, seeds and flaxseed are also good dietary choices. Add a probiotic supplement and your digestive system will be able to run the way it’s supposed to again.

Herbal remedies you might want to try include boswellia, turmeric, ginger and glucosamine-chondroitin supplements. Another power house to combat inflammation is Bromelain. Bromelain can be taken in supplement form or you can eat one whole pineapple per day ! But don’t forget about getting enough exercise. That may seem counter-intuitive if your body hurts from inflammation, but regular exercise actually reduces inflammation in the body. It also helps reduce stress, another common trigger for inflammation. It’s also essential to get enough sleep so your body has time to heal itself from the damage of your body’s overactive immune responses.

Some vitamins you might want to consider are Vitamin B complex for tissue repair. Vitamin C to heal the body and reduce inflammation and Zinc, which helps control inflammation and promote healing.

If your suffering from inflammation in the body try eating a diet that is composed of 75 percent raw foods and drink plenty of water. Limit saturated fats and table salt.

You can learn more about the right foods and the foods to avoid in my ebook, The Secrets of Weight Loss, Diet and Staying Lean Forever. It’s part of my Health & Beauty Bundle. Order yours now!