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Inflammation is the root of all bodily evil. Inflammation is linked to nearly every chronic disease and is at the source of physical pain. Chronic inflammation has been connected to cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders, among a long list of other detrimental maladies. The good news though, is that inflammation can be controlled and even eliminated through your diet.
Superfoods are foods that provide greater health benefits than other foods. This is due to their high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Most superfoods are plants. Kale, quinoa, broccoli, blueberries, chia seeds, green tea, and turmeric have long topped the charts of super powerful foods that can reduce inflammation, as well as lower cholesterol, decrease oxidative stress, protect your heart, strengthen your immune system, and even prevent cancer.
But watch out, there’s a new member on the scene and she’s incredibly powerful!
Moringa is a tree that is grown in tropical and sub-tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. While this tree and its leaves, pods, flowers, seeds, fruit, and bark have been used in herbal medicine for centuries in the countries where it naturally flourishes, it is only recently become more widely known and used in North America.
This year, moringa really took the center stage. It is most commonly found in powder form, which is simply made from grounding up its leaves. Moringa is a popular add in to smoothies, acai bowls, juices, salads, and beverages like kombucha. The powder has a mild nutty and grassy taste, similar to an earthy tea.
Moringa has 3.5 times more calcium than cow’s milk, 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, and 25 times the iron of spinach.
Moringa is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatories. It is even stronger than turmeric! This vibrant green superfood has 15 anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving nutrients.
One of the easiest ways to take control of our health and wellness is by taking control of what we are putting in our bodies. Adding superfoods like moringa, chai seeds, hemp seeds, cacao, and flax seeds to your smoothies, pressed juices, fruit and yogurt bowls, acai bowls, or salads is the easiest way to load up on these nutrient-dense foods.
The results can be truly life changing and life extending!
You’ve probably heard the term essential fatty acids, good fats, or healthy fats thrown around before. You’ve probably also been told or have read that good fats are an integral component of a healthy diet. But, what exactly does that mean? What are healthy fats? Why do our bodies need fatty acids? Every system in our body requires fatty acids to function properly. Fatty acids play a critical role in brain development, blood pressure regulation, and immune, nervous, and respiratory system support. Essential fatty acids also help to reduce inflammation, which has been linked to most degenerative diseases, like heart disease, gum disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and multiple types of cancers.
Our bodies cannot produce omega-3 or omega 6, which are two very important omegas. We need to ingest these. Our bodies also cannot naturally produce omega-9 unless we have sufficient omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in grains, spirulina, green leafy vegetables, raw walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, as well as in fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in olive oil, pistachios, raw nuts and seeds, and wheatgerm. Omega-9 fatty acids come from avocados, cashews, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts. Chia seeds actually contain all three. Are you eating these things every day?
Fish oil pills have remained one of the most popular ways to get in a daily dose of omega-3. However, the demand for fish oil has had a terrible effect on the Atlantic marine environment. The most common fish that is caught and used for fish oil is the menhaden. This particular fish, a member of the herring family, has been labeled one of the most important fish in the sea. Not only does this fish play a huge role in filtering algae from the water, it is also at the base of the food chain. Fish oil companies are wiping out this fish at an alarming rate. But what is our alternative?
Juice Plus+ recently created a brand new environmentally friendly and sustainable omega blend capsule. Unlike fish oil, the Juice Plus+ Omega Blend contains omega-3, 5, 6, 7, and 9. This amazing capsule cuts of the “middleman,” the fish. The omegas come from algae, pomegranate seeds, sea buckhorn berries, raspberry seeds, tomato seeds, and safflower seeds. Just like the three other Juice Plus+ blends, these capsules are non-GMO, gluten-free, preservative free, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Adding this to your daily routine will be life changing!
Eating a diet that is sufficiently rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant-based proteins is one of the easiest ways to reduce and or prevent chronic inflammation. Mix in that with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and other healthy lifestyle choices (no smoking, minimal alcohol intake, and stress reducing/releasing practices) and your chances of persistent inflammation and life altering aliments will be significantly reduced. We don’t have control over everything, but we should take advantage of the things that we do have control over. Our health is everything.
Ask Dr. Blake or Honi about this incredible new additional to the Juice Plus+ family and how it can help reduce chronic inflammation and its many other amazing benefits.
Multiple factors can cause chronic inflammation in the body. As we have discussed in earlier articles, chronic inflammation can lead to diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, among many other life-changing aliments. Chronic inflammation seems to be at the base of a lot of our health problems. A poor diet, food allergies, chronic infection, stress, inactivity, and digestive and gut issues can cause chronic inflammation. Poor diet and lack of exercise, like chronic inflammation, are at the base of a lot of our health issues. Diet and exercise are also two factors that we have complete control over.
Did you know that the average American consumes 20 spoons of sugar a day? Did you know that 80% of us don’t do the recommended about of physical activity a week? Did you know that the recommended minimum amount of exercise is not even three hours a week? We are eating processed foods that are chalked full of preservatives and ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. We are eating far too much sugar. We are eating too much animal protein and not enough plant-based protein. We are working too much and not getting enough rest. We are holding onto a lot stress and not finding a way to release it. We aren’t moving enough. We are making ourselves sick.
Here are some super easy ways to reduce and even prevent chronic inflammation. Try starting off by picking a few and once you realize how much better you feel, you might want to incorporate them all into your life.
- Reduce sugar intake from 20 spoons a day to 2-3 spoons.
- Decrease your soy, animal-based fats, and corn oil intake. Use coconut, avocado, or olive oil instead.
- Add raw nuts and seeds, like walnuts, almonds, pumpkin, and hemp, into your diet.
- Cut back on dairy and gluten.
- Eat more broccoli, spinach, kale, pineapple, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
- Eat less animal-based protein and more plant-based protein.
- Try kombucha or other fermented products like kimchi, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar.
- Get more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
- Load up on antioxidants.
- Minimize your Ibuprofen and Tylenol intake.
- Do more low-impact exercise, like yoga or walking.
- Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Stop smoking.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption.
Try some of these out and see how you feel!
Inflammation has been linked to a long list of life altering and life threatening diseases and conditions. While acute inflammation is necessary in order for your body to self-repair and heal, too much of it becomes can become a bad thing rather quickly. Chronic inflammation is a condition that is affecting far too many of us and far too many of us who don’t even realize that is truly what is causing our maladies. While inflammation does have a genetic link, we are in control of the things that increase inflammation and increase our risks of suffering from one of the following conditions.
Inflammation has been linked to…
Advanced signs of aging
Inflammatory bowl disease
Digestive tract cancer
Obstructive pulmonary disease
No one wants to experience any of these things awful things! If you could reduce your risks of suffering from diseases and conditions like the ones listed above, wouldn’t you want to try?
One aliment, in particular, that we experts in is gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease is caused by inflammation of the gums and surrounding bone mass. Periodontal disease causes the gums to recede and the bone structure around your teeth and gums to become weakened or damaged. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your gums though; poor oral health has been linked to inflammation in other parts of the body and diseases such as heart disease and dementia. Periodontal disease is something that can be prevented.
Find out all the simples way you can reduce inflammation in your body next week as we continue this mini series.
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Inflammation is the body’s natural response to damaged cells, viruses, and foreign bacteria. It is our body’s amazing way of self-healing. However, when inflammation becomes chronic is can wreak havoc on our bodies in the form of multiple diseases and conditions. It is believed that inflammation is actually at the root of most diseases.
More often than not, modern medicine seems to be aimed at treating the symptoms, pains, and aliments that we are facing verses helping us to dig deeper to find and combat the root of our problems. It would appear to be easier and much quicker to just address and diminish the symptoms rather than to figure out the true cause. This is a misconception and rather dangerous health mindset though. When inflammation is at the root, the symptoms, diseases, and conditions that follow can be life altering or threatening.
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums and the surrounding bone structure. Asthma, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and even high blood pressure have been linked to chronic inflammation. The list goes on and there is still medical research that needs to be conducted and studied, but all arrows seem to be pointing at chronic inflammation as the root of all evils in our bodies.
The good news though is that chronic inflammation can be reduced and even prevented. A lot of it is linked to our lifestyle choices. Inflammation is increased by certain behaviors such as excessive drinking and smoking, lack of exercise, high body fat, poor diet, bad oral hygiene habits, and even mismanaged or constant stress. Simple lifestyle changes can monumentally affect our health even so far as our longevity. It is far easier to take small steps toward potentially preventing maladies such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease rather than try and fix ourselves after a diagnosis. Let us show you how as we continue this mini series.