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Is Inflammation the Major Source of Aged-Related Diseases?

Your Anti-Aging Prescription

Your Anti-Aging Prescription

Hold on to your hats, but it might not be the fats, carbohydrates, or even synthetic sweeteners that will actually kill you. In fact, some prior recommendations of good foods to avoid in order to prevent age-related diseases might have been seriously wrong. According to documents published on the National Institute of Health’s website, an inflammatory state is correlated with the major degenerative diseases that elderly people suffer from. Preventing or at least reducing this chronic inflammation can improve lifespan. Yes, inflammation might be cited as the culprit for serious diseases that become more common as we age, and this includes cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation simply describes a body part that is red, swollen, and possibly painful. For example, that itchy or sore red bump you get after an insect bite might be described as inflamed. However, that is generally a temporary problem.

It is chronic inflammation inside your body, and your body’s response to that problem, that can eventually cause the common and serious diseases we associate with aging. This chronic state can be happening in your joints, muscles, heart, arteries, and brain right now.

According to WebMD, symptoms of inflammation might Include:

  • Redness, Swelling Pain
  • Fatigue, Bad Mood
  • Loss of Appetite, Headaches
  • Muscle or Joint Stiffness

When your internal body parts are inflamed, you may feel pain, gastric distress, or other symptoms. But for many people, the symptoms can be more subtle or not even noticeable. It is also to critical to understand that these swollen, red, or painful spots are not caused by an actual medical condition, but by your body’s response to one. In any case, unusual pain or discomfort are your body’s way of trying to tell you something, and you might respond to that problem by schedule a doctor’s appointment and/or changing your lifestyle.

Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Aging Diets

Some folks are more genetically disposed to this problem than others, but exposure to certain types of food or other environmental factors can either be a negative or a positive. Dr. Weil hasĀ  been a long-time proponent of an anti-inflammatory diet, and his new anti-inflammatory food pyramid might be one of the easiest ways to picture a healthy anti-aging diet.

  • Fruits and vegetables are at the bottom of this new pyramid, which means they need to be at the top of your food selection each day. Dr. Weil suggests a minimum of 4 to 5 servings of vegetables and 3 to 4 servings of fruit.
  • Next up are whole grains, beans, and legumes. These foods contain nutrients and plenty of fiber.
  • Alcohol and sweets should be a minimal part of this diet. The doctors allows red wine and a little bit of nice dark chocolate.

Beyond diet, exposure to toxins and allergens could be aggravating the problem. While some of these toxins might be consumed in food, many are found in the air at work or at home. Some people are turning to products like indoor air filters (link to Amazon) to reduce indoor air pollution and freshen up their homes. Others are visiting doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. You may have read articles about these populations of very old people who live in isolated and undeveloped areas. They often have access to plenty of fresh food and fresh air. Maybe they are on to something!


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