The Guide to Calming Inflammation

Learn how to fight inflammation and feel better inside and out.

The Guide to Calming Inflammation

Did you know that what you eat can cause inflammation in the body? While certain foods give you an energy boost, fight aches and pain, and reduce the risk of disease, other types of foods can negatively impact your health and lead to diabetes, heart conditions, depression, and high cholesterol. Dr. Josh Axe has the plan you need to calm inflammation for good. Follow these steps to feel better inside and out.

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Eliminate Inflammatory Foods

Make an effort to eat fewer foods with trans fats and processed sugars. These foods can make your immune system think something is wrong, which will cause your body to go on high alert to protect itself and get inflamed in the process. When your body is inflamed, it can lead to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, so it’s extra important to tweak your diet so you can feel better and avoid these illnesses.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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