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Inflammation - A Serious Health Risk
by Ric Saguil. MD, FAAFP and Jennifer Green, ND

Inflammation can lead to cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, and sexual dysfunction. It'sfast_food.jpg caused by an overreaction of your immune system.  The easier our life seems to become, the more our foods are chemicalized and nutritionally depleted through modern processing techniques and the more polluted our environment becomes, the more rampant systemic inflammation runs. With 49% of Americans suffering from chronic illness we think the inflammatory process is a key factor. Middle aged, overweight people are especially susceptible. But there's hope. Start by adhering to these 5 simple steps.

Tip 1: If you smoke and need another reason to quit, this is it. Smoking is a risk factor for inflammation.


Tip2: Walk 10,000 steps a day. Regular exercise reduces your risk of inflammation- as well as obesity, heart disease, and bone loss.

Tip 3: Certain supplements taken daily have proven useful in reducing inflammation:

2000 Units of Vitamin D
600 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fatty acids
200 milligrams of omega 7 fatty acids

Tip 4: Lose weight. One cause of inflammation is excess fat, which creates C-reactiveoverweight.jpg protein and leukocytes that can lead to cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, and sexual dysfunction.

Tip 5: Eat healthy foods. Foods high in flavonoids, healthy fats, fiber, calcium, and porbiotics help reduce inflammation. Some good sources: oranges, walnuts, salmon, trout, apples, carrots, leafy greens, and yogurt. These foods also aid with weight loss.