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5 Proven Steps to Reduce Aches and Pains from Inflammation

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With the recent news linking depression to inflammation, it is important now, more than ever, to minimize stressors in your diet and lifestyle which encourage this immune system response.

Although it is intended to do your body good, inflammation can cause all kinds of health problems, ranging from arthritis to asthma and even serious cardiovascular conditions.

Here is a list of 5 simple and natural ways you can reduce the threat of inflammation on your body and improve your health drastically:

1. Steer clear of Omega 6 and Trans Fats

The popular American diet is rife with trans fats and Omega-6 fatty acids. Corn, soybean and cottonseed oils are extremely high in omega 6’s which – contrary to popular belief – actually promote inflammation in the body through the production of inflammatory compounds.

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I shouldn’t have to even tell you why trans fats are a no-no. Beside the fact that they are the leading cause of arterial inflammation, they are leading the pack in cancer causes.

Hydrogenated oils used in most American restaurants are what I like to call America’s most wanted.

2. Supplement your omega-3 fatty acids.

One of the important omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil,and algae-based supplements along with DHA, has drastic anti-inflammatory powers.

The problem however, is that plant derived omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts and flaxseed offer alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which on its own is not an anti-inflammatory. 

Until ALA is converted by your body to EPA it won’t do you much good to reduce inflammation. Low levels of these fatty acids have been shown to cause anxiety and panic attacks.

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The best way to ensure the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acid, is to get EPA directly from an algae-based EPA and DHA supplement. Although eating fatty fishes can help, your body is not efficient enough to convert those omega’s properly on its own.

3. Vitamin D, Vitamin D, VITAMIN D!

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, though it’s particular role has yet to be confirmed.

The two main sources of vitamin D are the sun and food. Yet many Americans, even those who live close to the equator, don’t get enough sun exposure on account of our sedentary lifestyle and office jobs!

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It is simply not enough to rely on the sun and food alone. Vitamin D supplements are the best way to banish inflammation and keep your immune system strong. Without it, you can loose bone density and even brain function.

4. Eat lots of antioxidant-rich foods!

They are delicious! I mean who doesn’t love blueberries and pomegranates!

Free radicals are reactive compounds that damage the cells of your body and not only contribute to chronic inflammation,they’re also factors in cancer growth. In the increasingly toxic world around us, these guys are everywhere!

Protect yourself with nutrient rich antioxidants. They will help to neutralize free radicals and banish inflammation. Plus they make you feel great! Vitamins A, C, and E are also excellent supplements for antioxidants.

5. Stop eating sugar and refined carbohydrates already.

How many times do I have to tell my readers that sugar is deadly!

Sugar and refined carbohydrates spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing and encouraging inflammation throughout the body. What’s more, sugar and refined carbs are known contributors of weight gain and make losing weight an uphill battle every time.

Carrying excess body fat only worsens the problem and can cause inflammation in the joints, muscles and nervous tissues.

Source:

 http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/inflammation

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 wikipedia.com 

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