Are You a Victim of Inflamm-Aging?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 15, 2019

I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear the same, common thread among patients in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

“I guess this is what I can expect now that I’m getting older.”

“Everybody my age has these kinds of problems, right?”

“If this is what I feel like now, I can’t even imagine how I’ll feel in 10 years.”

“Getting old sucks!”

Well I’ll share a little secret with you. Aging – the passing of years – isn’t the reason most people start feeling older and sicker. It’s chronic inflammation.

The connection between inflammation and poor health is so closely linked that today there’s even a term for it: Inflamm-aging. And it’s a scourge that’s running rampant here in the U.S.

Persistent inflammation plays a role in almost every chronic degenerative disease associated with getting older. Arthritis is a prime example of inflammation run amok. It’s also linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, just to name a few.

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Like most of my patients, you probably already know that sugars, packaged foods, processed meats and fried foods all produce an inflammatory response in your body.

What you may not recognize is that many healthy-sounding foods do the same.

Omega-6 fatty acids sound like they’re good for you, but they aren’t. These inflammatory fatty acids compete with inflammation-fighting omega-3s to take up space in your tissue. And when they outnumber omega-3s the consequences can be devastating – promoting heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and premature aging.

Tip: Give up the omega-6 rich vegetable oils and opt for EVOO, extra virgin olive oil instead. Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids to offset the inflammatory response generated by the abundant amounts omega-6’s found in today’s modern foods. But…

Choose your sources of omega-3 rich fish carefully. There is a huge difference between wild-caught and farm-raised fish. When you buy farm-raised, you expose yourself to all sorts of inflammatory compounds. The most common are polychlorinated biphenyls, which have a direct link to obesity and diabetes.

Tip: Always invest in high-quality, wild-caught fish for your meals.

“Nourishing” whole grains may not be as wholesome as they sound. These days everyone is rushing out to buy more nourishing whole grains as if their life depended on it. If you’ve been caught up in this craze, I urge you to stop right now. Sure, they sound so wholesome… if only they weren’t loaded with an inflammatory protein that you’ve heard a lot about in recent years: gluten. Plus the use of glyphosate on the soil pre-planting or on the wheat itself is widespread on U.S. farms.

Tip: Grains that contain gluten include wheat, barley and rye and should not be a part of your diet. Amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa are much better choices if you want to slash inflammation.

Dairy is not the healthiest source of calcium in your diet. I notice that a lot of patients still place a lot of faith in dairy products to supplement their calcium needs. But that’s a bad idea.

You may not realize it, but your body was designed to quit digesting milk somewhere between the ages of two and five. (That’s when it probably stopped producing the enzyme that digests the main sugar found in milk.)

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As a result, all of those undigested sugars end up fermenting in your colon where they create a state of chronic inflammation.

Plus, commercial dairy products are full of drugs, hormones(rBGH) and antibiotics that can easily provoke an inflammatory response.

Tip: Almond, coconut or rice milk are all great alternatives to cow’s milk. Broccoli, kale, turnip greens and arugula all have high calcium content, too.

This is the short list. And clearly, making just a few simple changes in your diet can count for a lot when it comes to fighting off inflammation and slashing your chances of age-related disease.

But while you are doing that I have a quick, easy and inexpensive way to help you soothe inflammation at the source. It’s a simple tip that puts smiles back on my aging patient’s faces… and helps them feel young again.

Slash Inflammation at it’s Root

One of my favorite spices is turmeric. This vibrant yellow spice is loaded with a powerful antioxidant called curcumin that can help you put the brakes on all sorts of health problems associated with aging. And medical science is proving it, over and over again.

It shuts down inflammation by blocking enzymes that produce pain. It improves endothelial function, which is vital to your heart health. It helps clear out amyloid plaques that are so common in Alzheimer’s disease. It improves the function of beta cells, which are necessary for proper insulin function

Curcumin also shows great promise in the fight against cancer. Research suggests it might prevent precancerous cells from turning into full-blown cancer. That it could even kill cancer cells in their tracks, and stop more cancer cells from growing.

When you combine this life-giving spice with other herbs like rhodiola rosa and ashwagandha, it goes to work even further to reduce your inflammatory response.

These two adaptogenic herbs slash stress and anxiety levels that spur your body’s production in inflammatory compounds. They keep you calm, cool and collected.

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