Chronic Inflammation? Do something about it!
Inflammation—From AARP Bulletin Nov 2019:
Guess what! We all get inflammation in our lives. It’s inevitable due to a few factors: infections, genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Lifestyle is the one true factor over which we have control followed by environment, infections, and genetics.
- Lifestyle includes obesity, stress, tobacco use, too much alcohol, little if any physical exercise, poor sleep, and (you know what’s coming) DIET!
- Environment is related to where we live and work, so pollution, air and water quality, allergies, city versus country living—all contribute to inflammation.
- Infections from viruses can be tough to mitigate and can be anything from a childhood illness to Lyme disease from a tick bite. These can be difficult to diagnose.
- Finally, genetics. Our parents didn’t mean to pass on their unfortunate genes, but it’s a natural law and we cannot do much about it except make lifestyle choices to reduce pain and inflammation and boost our immune system.
Being fat, as so many Americans are, is a primary cause of chronic inflammation and pain. The article shares 2 columns: What Causes? (inflammation) and What Soothes? (inflammation).
Causes: White bread, deep fried foods, bad attitudes, roadhouses (where smoking is allowed), pudding (i.e. processed foods high in sugar), belly fat, bottled salad dressings top this list.
Soothes: Whole-grain breads, fruit bowls, yoga (o:, church, yogurt, healthy fats, big & colorful salads.
We all know this. We are told this in every article about health. We are told these things from friends, family, physicians, and health experts. We are eating ourselves to death. But we still do it. WHY?
Only you can answer that question. Some folks simply do not want to change what they eat or do. Some people have trauma and use food as a security blanket. Many have been taught the wrong information for decades due to the “Food Pyramid” models that have been touted since the 1970s from our ignorant and sometimes corrupt government agencies. It’s too much history to go into the fallacies of the food pyramid here, but believe me, you need to relearn about food if you were educated in the 20th century.
I believe that small changes, consistent changes, and habits can and will help.
We MUST get control of our SUGAR ADDICTION in this country and around the world. Food manufacturers have known this, denied it of course, and keep us addicted to their fake foods, high in processed sugar or loaded with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which attack our brains and tongues like a drug.
View this video and learn:
Is a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet an Answer to Chronic Disease? 2017 Documentary
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