The secret to a long, healthy life is more than vitamins, hormone replacement, emotional support, or exercise. Don’t get me wrong, all of these are important (of course).
Behind your health woes, there’s a key player that’s damaging your physical, mental, and emotional health one cell at a time.
The danger of inflammation is an ultra-silent, deadly killer.The dangers of inflammation is an ultra-silent, deadly killer.Click To Tweet
It is the root cause of the diseases that claim more lives on the planet than any other. The World Health Organization (WHO) found that, for the first time in history, chronic diseases have surpassed all other causes of death worldwide.
This internal “fire” is the silent beginning of a wide number of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, allergies, autoimmune disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and many more. Researchers now know that even cancer has strong inflammatory characteristics.
In a perfect world, inflammation is a good thing. When pathogens or injury strikes your body, inflammation comes to your defense.
In the real world, these injuries and conditions are never resolved due to constant consumption of unhealthy foods, continuous ingestion of toxins, unresolved infections, or inflammatory exercises like endurance training.
The inflammation becomes chronic. Instead of helping you fight off your attackers, your body attacks itself and the danger of inflammation becomes a deadly process damaging your tissues.
If you do nothing, if you ignore it, rampant inflammation will kill you before your time.
Nature provided us with a solution to chronic, dangerous inflammation. It’s found in plant compounds called polyphenols.
These are the phenolic compounds in fruits, vegetables, tea, and wine that are mostly derivatives of flavones, isoflavones, flavanols, catechins, tocopherols, and phenolic acids.
These substances protect plants from decay, injury, and the environment. When you eat or drink them, they transfer their protective power to you and protect you from all kinds of sickness. This includes excess inflammation.
Polyphenols are the most abundant antioxidants in the diet. On average, most people consume approximately 1 gram per day. That means you get more polyphenols in your diet than all other classes of plant compounds and dietary antioxidants.
10 times more than the amount of vitamin C and 100 times more than the amount of vitamin E and carotenoids you normally consume in your diet.
Flavonoids are the most common polyphenols. Those are what you normally get when you eat fruits and drink plant-based juices, tea, coffee, and red wine. Vegetables and dry legumes also contribute to the total polyphenol intake.
A fun and delicious source of polyphenols is dark chocolate. You may get a rush of pleasure when you bite into a piece of chocolate but chocolate gives you more than instant gratification. A new study found that the polyphenols in cocoa interfere at the initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer.
Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and defends you against heart disease. (Milk chocolate does not have the same effect.)Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and defends you against heart disease. Click To Tweet
Then there are edible marine plants. Ecklonia cava is full of anti-inflammatory polyphenols. In fact, the polyphenol antioxidants in these sea vegetables have been found to be up to 100 times more powerful than land-based polyphenols.
There are other polyphenols you can get from food including lignans (from flaxseed, sesame, and soy). In fact, sesame is so powerful against the dangers of inflammation that it significantly reduces high blood pressure.
A study from Yale University looked at a group of people between 35 and 60 who used sesame oil as their main edible oil for 90 days. They averaged a 20-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 14-point drop in diastolic pressure.
Polyphenols may be your most important weapon against the dangers of inflammation. In one study after another, they’ve proven to naturally…
- Boost your body’s antioxidant power
- Destroy free radicals
- Regulate inflammatory genes
- Improve immune function
- Increase cellular health and strength
Through your diet, you can drastically increase your daily polyphenol intake and crush the dangers of inflammation with every bite.Polyphenols may be your most important weapon against the dangers of inflammation. Click To Tweet
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods (Widely Available)
- Leafy greens (spinach, broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard)
- Sweet potatoes
- Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, and sardines)
- Herbs and spices (basil, ginger, and turmeric)
- Nuts and seeds (walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds)
- Many varieties of tea (fresh, not processed)
- Garlic, onions, and peppers
- Tomatoes, beets, and celery
- Berries and tart cherries
- Healthy fats (unprocessed coconut oil)
Cutting back on processed carbs, refined sugars, and pre-prepared foods that are incredibly pro-inflammatory is another step you want to take in regards to your diet.
Some of the biggest offenders are refined grains (baked goods, snack cakes, and high-sugar cereals), hydrogenated cooking oils (margarine, shortening), phthalates (found in most fast food), processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, jerky), and artificial sweeteners.
Upping your intake of anti-inflammatory foods simply makes sense. If the dangers of inflammation are the root cause of most major diseases that afflict mankind, we must remove the “fire” in every way possible.
Exercise, sleep, reducing stress, and eliminating bad lifestyle habits are important but it all starts with the fuel your body uses to keep all the systems functioning.
Fuel is your diet. Diet is the key to fighting inflammation and lowering your risk of disease.
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