Health & Wellness

Boomer Edition | 11th Annual - 2015

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36 Inflammation can be caused by the type of foods we eat in addition to natural aging, genetics and environmental pollutants. Foods that can inflame the body include saturated fats, trans-fatty acids and simple and refined carbohydrates. Some of the most common villains include red meats, dairy, margarine, processed foods and sugar. "Inflammation is regulated by a group of hormones known as prostaglandins, which trigger a series of responses in the body," says Dr. Richard Collins, a cardiologist at South Denver Cardiology Associates. "The liver, as part of the inflammatory response, produces C-reactive protein (CRP). Your doctor can measure the amount of CRP circulating in your bloodstream as a measure of how much inflammation your body may be suffering from." Doctors can treat inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs and substances such as Aspirin, statins and corticosteroids. While these can help, anyone setting out to reduce or prevent inflammatory conditions should consider incorporating anti- inflammatory foods into their diet. The long list of "inflammation soothers" Collins recommends includes foods high in healthy mono-unsaturated and omega- 3 fats (such as extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil, fatty fish, nuts and seeds, particularly omega-3 rich walnuts and flaxseed), along with antioxidant-rich, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. A good guideline: Eat mostly natural, whole foods, including colorful produce, herbs, spices and healthy fats. by rhea Maze Food Fad diets come and go, and keeping up with the l a t e s t c r a z e c a n b e d o w n r i g h t m a d d e n i n g . A n anti-inflammatory diet, such as the one followed by Piergeorge, is not a restrictive diet; rather, it's a simple formula for eating to maintain optimum overall health. The side effects might include relief from, or the prevention of, a variety of diseases and conditions from arthritis and Alzheimer's to cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Battling inflammation Through diet Might offer relief, Prevention Fight

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