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Natural Ways to Reduce Silent Inflammation

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Ways to Reduce Silent Inflammation

Silent inflammation is known to slowly develop over a number of years or could be decades without you realizing it. It can just erupt one day and become a chronic disease or could even put your general health in danger.  The effects can eventually interfere with your healthy tissues, increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune disease, also known as a silent killer.   In short, not only can it damage your heart and brain, it can put your digestive system completely out of whack, make your joints stiff and achy, and even ruin the look of your skin.  Know what foods cause silent inflammation and what the symptoms are so you can prevent it.  Silent inflammation is also commonly linked to fast aging on an individual, making us look and feel old before our time.  Many years ago, I was seeing a Korean acupuncturist and I remember him telling me that whatever you put in your mouth can sometimes cause an illness or pain in your body and have no idea the food is unhealthy and hence, is causing the condition.

We can all approach and prevent silent inflammation by undertaking some steps and be a warrior for your own health and wellness. 

Common Warning Signs of Harmful Silent Inflammation

  1. Elevated or high CRP Levels are an indication that inflammation is present in your body. The data linking high levels of CRP to increased heart risk has led doctors to routinely run a test for the cardiac-specific C-reactive protein.
  2. When the brain is inflamed, memory formation and recall both suffer or impairs memory.  Unfortunately, many people start to believe that scattered thoughts and trouble focusing is an inevitable part of aging—but they’re not! Silent inflammation is likely the culprit.
  3. Silent inflammation creates heightened pain sensitivity in the body, as well as common everyday aches and pains in joints and muscles.  If your body feels sore and stiff, silent inflammation is likely to blame.
  4. Silent inflammation is the hallmark of the redness, itchiness, flaky skin, and discomfort associated with many common skin issues.
  5. The gut microbiome is so complex, it is sometimes referred to as a “second brain.” Digestive issues can often be traced to harmful inflammation within the digestive tract.

Reduce Silent Inflammation With The Right Food

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice with a strong, earthy flavor that is often used in a lot of Asian food.  Because turmeric has received so much attention for its antioxidant curcumin content, a powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient, it has become extremely popular.  It is mother natures’ most powerful secret weapon to promote a healthy inflammatory response throughout the entire body to combat the harmful effects of every day, silent inflammation.   Turmeric also benefits the brain, joints and so much more.  It acts against inflammation, increases the antioxidant capacity of the body,  lowers the risk of heart disease, good for skin care, improves brain function, and treats depression.   Turmeric helps lower the levels of high C-reactive protein that is linked to increased risk of heart disease.   It also lowers triglycerides significantly which is another major cardiovascular risk factor. 

The American Journal of Cardiology study found that turmeric reduced the risk of a serious cardiac event (post-bypass surgery) by an amazing 56%.

Pomegranate

Pure natural pomegranate juice A study reported that drinking as little as two ounces daily has shown to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, lower triglycerides levels as it cleanses plaque from arteries – all of that is good news for heart health. 

I had experienced a bad inflammation which was a skin rash that was so itchy for weeks and also experiencing dizziness for a month.  I took a step and checked my blood pressure (BP) daily and found it was fluctuating between 116/78 – 140-83.  I started drinking a cup of pure pomegranate juice daily to help my inflammation, the first thing I noticed was, my dizziness went away.  Also, my BP  stabilized to 120-80, sometimes lower.  Pomegranate juice worked for me.  At that time it was unknown to me that it will also lower my BP but it did. I wanted my skin rash to go away.

Berries

Berries are small fruits packed with fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols,  and minerals.  They are also easy to eat and to add to your diet. No peeling needed.   The fruits contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce your risk of disease. Berries have polyphenols that also act as an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Examples of these berries are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.   Eating berries daily will help our body produce a lot of Natural Killer cells (NK cells).  NK cells are best known for killing virally infected cells, detecting and controlling early signs of cancer, as well as protecting against the disease.

Avocado

Avocados are packed with potassium, magnesium, and may help increase your body’s glutathione levels. Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and potent antioxidants.  Avocados offer various beneficial compounds that protect against inflammation and may reduce the risk of cancer.   It is also high in fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. I have an easy way of eating avocado so I can enjoy the many benefits of it.  I make avocado toast almost daily because I love it so much.  I toast a slice of sourdough bread, smear a thin layer of spicy Kefir (Mediterranean cheese), put a couple of slices of Mexican white cheese, and then slices of avocado on top.  It is simple to make and goes so well together and is delicious!  Avocado toast and hot matcha green tea.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, when you are feeling good, healthy, no pain, no underlying conditions bothering you, and you don’t feel stressed.  You feel the freedom!  Eating the right kind of foods will prevent inflammation The feeling of being happy and full of energy is a great feeling!

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