How to Dramatically Reduce Inflammation: A Primary Cause of Disease and Aging

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Every time your body is injured – whether you scrape your knee on the pavement or the lining of your arteries becomes irritated – your immune system triggers an “inflammatory” response.

When this inflammation occurs ON your body, the signs are easy to recognize. Redness, swelling, warmth and pain are all associated with an inflammatory response.

But inflammation that occurs WITHIN your body does not come with such obvious signs. Think of it like a house that is being eaten by termites. Although, the house may look fine from the outside, the structure underneath is becoming soft, rotten and unsound.

Chronic internal inflammation is the cornerstone of physical aging. It is one of the primary causes of every degenerative disease, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

The Best Biological Marker for Inflammation

Internal inflammation is difficult to measure. However, when it is present within the body, your liver secretes a substance called C-reactive protein (CRP). And that can be measured. When inflammation is high, CRP increases. When inflammation falls, so does CRP.

C-reactive protein is the best biological marker for sub-clinical inflammation. And because inflammation is so strongly related to heart disease, that makes CRP a very accurate indicator of your risk for heart attack and stroke. It is far more reliable than LDL cholesterol.

A study of men, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that those with higher levels of CRP have a three times greater risk of heart attack than those with normal levels. The research also shows that people with very low CRP levels rarely suffer heart attacks.

Heart Disease Is Not a Plumbing Problem – It Is an Inflammation Problem

Most cardiologists explain plaque buildup and narrowing of the arteries as a plumbing problem: Fat and cholesterol stick to the walls of the arteries and build up. The arteries then become stiff and narrow.

But this is only partially true. And it does not explain why fat and cholesterol stick to the walls of your arteries in the first place.

You see, your arteries bear only a superficial resemblance to pipes. A closer examination reveals smooth muscle tissue, sandwiched between two “structural” layers. These muscles and connective tissues are vulnerable to inflammation. When inflammation strikes, it occurs within – not on – the arterial walls.

When it is persistent – as a result of nutritional deficiencies or eating foods that are not native to your physiology – the inflammation causes damage.

The cholesterol and fat that stick to your arteries are part of your body’s repair mechanism. These “plaques” help to cover up and heal the damage. However, as they build up over the years, blood flow to your tissues becomes restricted. The blood vessels become stiff and blood pressure rises. And when these plaques dislodge, they can cause a heart attack or a stroke.

You don’t reduce plaque buildup in your body by reducing cholesterol and healthy fat in your diet. You reduce plaque buildup by controlling the inflammation that causes damage in the first place. So how do you do that?

Stop the Raging Fires of Inflammation…

There are two steps you MUST take to reduce inflammation:

Reduce your omega-6 fatty acids and increase your omega-3s.

The omega-6 fatty acids found in vegetable and seed oils, processed foods and conventional meats are highly inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, are anti-inflammatory.

Researchers at the University of San Diego recently showed the anti-inflammatory power of omega-3s in an experiment on two groups of mice. One group was fed a diet rich in omega-3s, while the other group ate a diet low in omega-3s. At the end of the study the mice on the high omega-3 diet showed major reductions in inflammation (not to mention, increased insulin sensitivity), while those on the low omega-3 diet showed increased levels of inflammation.

Unfortunately, most people do not consume nearly enough omega-3s. And on top of that, the modern food processing industry has introduced an abundance of omega-6 fats into our diet. This unnatural imbalance is the primary cause of inflammation for most people.

The solution is to avoid processed foods along with vegetable and seed oils, while increasing your consumption of omega-3s. Excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids are wild salmon, sardines, grass-fed beef and, of course, fish oil.

Just say “no” to sugar and eat a low-glycemic diet.

Spikes of blood sugar and insulin cause a cascade of biochemical and hormonal changes that result in inflammation. A recent study from Harvard showed that women who ate foods with the highest glycemic load had nearly twice the inflammation of those who ate lower glycemic foods. Follow a low glycemic diet by avoiding fruit juices, sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts and carb-rich foods like mashed potatoes, pasta, white rice, bread and cereals.

Follow these two steps, and you will eliminate the primary causes of inflammation. And by doing so, you will dramatically reduce your risk of every disease associated with aging.

And don’t assume that inflammation isn’t affecting you because you “feel okay.” Take measures to curb inflammation. And then have your C-reactive protein levels measured so you can stay on top of the issue. According to several doctors we consulted, less than 1.0 mg/dL is optimal, but the lower the better. Anything higher than 1.0 and your risk of disease increases.

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  1. I have read a lot, and purchased a few books, on the subject of inflamation, and I am convinced that you are spot on with your article, above.

    I do want to make a comment, though, on the current trend of using video presentations. It may seem to be the trendy thing to do but, as a consumer I would like to say that it is the most irritating format of all. Over the past six months I have watched too many 15-30 minute videos, only to find out in the last couple of minutes that it is the same old story that I have heard many times before. Just the other evening it took me 25 minutes before I realized that I was listening to the same story of the miracle cancer cure liquid, Hydrogen Peroxide. Nothing up to that point hinted that it was about Hydrogen Peroxide, and I had already purchased articles / e-books on the subject.

    However, it appears that there may be a silver lining to this dark cloud. I was watching another video presentation, when I decided to exit after about five minutes, and I was surprised to be offered a text version of the presentation. I gladly accepted.

    Maybe this should be a standard offering to all video presentations.

    By the way, this is a great website.

    Best regards,
    Jim Matthews

  2. I agree with your article on inflamation. I encourage my family and clients to eat more foods that keep their PH balance more towards the side of alkalinity (7.0); however, I find it VERY frustrating to have to get the information you are offering through a video format. It’s FAR too lengthy and I have a business to run and don’t have time every day to listen and then at the end find I have to purchase something. In case you are not aware the economy is really bad and most of us don’t have enough money at the end of a week to buy food and pay bills let alone product information via video. I like the gentlemen’s suggestion above, that you might consider offering your products via text version.
    I am enjoying your website, thank you for offering healthy information to all of us!

  3. I Totally agree with the comments about video presentations, I do not have the time or the patience to watch them. I am a quick reader and have complained before but to no avail.
    Perhaps your first task should be to respond to our feedback. It is a great put
    off and whoever tells you that it helps marketing does not have any idea.

  4. You don’t have to go over the video just click exit the video and you get the option to read the article as you wish or exit .
    Thank you ,

  5. I completely agree with the suggestion to avoid all food with high glycemic index as cause of inflammation within the arteries. I used to hypertensive with BP of 160/100 even when I am taking daily dose of maintenance medicines. When I stopped eating flour based food and avoided food cooked in omega 6 oil l immediately lost 15 pounds and gradually my BP became normal. Currently my BP is steady at 115 to 120 over 75 to 80. I took the advice of Dr. Dwight Lundell about inflammation caused by high carbohydrate and low fat diet. I stopped all maintenance medicines and took omega 3 supplements.

  6. @Leo, appreciate for your great advice. I will try.

    The problem is most foods are flour-based nowadays.

    What oils do you use for cooking? Virtually all vegetable oils are rich in Omega 6 fatty acid. Olive oil is good for low-temperate cooking. Butter has frightening high calorie.

  7. I agree that the video is far too long and wordy. I know that they have it in a reading context, but sometimes it is easier if you can just listen to a video. It needs to be to the point.

    I have already increased my Omega 3’s, but a health food store clerk suggested I take Prime Rose for skin and hair dryness. It is an Omega 6 product. I assume it is bad for me. What do you suggest?

  8. Thank you for your article. It was clearer than all of the other articles I have read. It is well written. I started going to a naturopathic doctor. My CRP is high. With her discovery I am more conscious of what I am eating. I take an omega 3 1000 three times a day, getting more exercise and being more diligent in decreasing the high carb foods.

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