"Processed foods cause inflammation, a source of most chronic illnesses as well as stress." ~ Kris Carr
Inflammation, which literally means “on fire,” is one of the main causes of premature aging. Controlling inflammation (“-itis” illnesses) is the key to healthy aging. The right balance of inflammation protects and heals the body. Of course, you could take a pill each time you itch or ache, but here are just a few ways to keep your body’s inflammation balanced without the pills.
Stay Lean. It probably comes as no surprise that a lean body is a healthier body. Fat cells produce wear-and-tear chemicals that slow your body down and divert its attention away from keeping you healthy.
Change Your Oils. Some oils such as factory-processed vegetable oils have many pro-inflammatory traits. To balance this, try to keep your Omega-3 to Omega-6 oils in balance (as close to a 1:1 ratio as possible).
Don’t Forget Your Phytos. As you age, your body “rusts.” Enter phytonutrients, the antirust nutrients found in plant-based foods. If oxidation is the rust in your body, then phytonutrients are the antioxidants you are seeking.
Want to learn more about oils, Omega -3 Fatty Acids, and Omega-6 Fatty Acids? Check out "Lead Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition" to learn more about plant-based nutritional basics.
To keep inflammation down, drink a daily glass of pomegranate, grape or carrot juice. Also, enjoy frequent sprinkles of lemon or lime juice in water or in salads.
Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
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