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We’ve all heard of inflammation – you sprain your ankle, and then it gets swollen, right? Yes. That is inflammation in an acute sense. But what I’m talking about today, is Chronic and Systemic Subclinical Inflammation – which is the inflammation that we can’t see. We call this one “the silent killer”. Over the long term, inflammation causes sickness, chronic illness, and eventually disease, ergo “the silent killer”. It’s a major contributing factor to ¾ of chronic illnesses such as asthma, allergies, heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancers can all be traced back to Chronic and Systemic Inflammation. Systemic Inflammation is due to the way we eat, move, and think on a daily basis. It accumulates over a period of years, sometimes decades. It can be equated to that of a bubbling lava under your skin – you don’t see or notice anything for years, until one day; the massive eruption occurs. The same thing happens to the body, in the sense that we often don’t think that this can happen to us due to not having signs leading up to it. The reason is because we don’t equate the pain of inflammation to the things we’ve done over years. There’s a disconnect between cause and effect, because it happens gradually over many years.

One of the major factors that causes our body to inflame is our diet. Carbs, such as bread, pasta, and white rice are all pro-inflammatory foods, as well as refined oils. These are all Omega 6 fats, which get converted to a chemical called Prostaglandin E2, which is then made into Arachidonic Acid, which is where pain is conceived. Therefore, you want to reduce your Omega 6 and sugar intakes, while increasing your Omega 3 intakes. Omega 3 actually decreases inflammation, and can be found in things such as fish oil, wild beef, wild eggs, and Omega 3 eggs. Other foods that decrease inflammation are leafy-green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, or spinach. Another on-the- go helper that I suggest is a supplement called Wuji Chlorella. It’s chlorophyll that decreases inflammation, as well as increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and the digestive system. Getting a good night’s sleep, exercise (such as interval or serge training) are also regular helpers for decreasing inflammation.

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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.

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