October 2009 Issue

Putting the Brakes on Inflammation Through Diet and Lifestyle Strategies

Today’s world of science paints a picture of how inflammation can fuel the major chronic disease killers of our age. Sure, acute inflammation—your body’s natural reaction to an assault—is a good thing. It’s your body’s way of kicking in to neutralize insults like a splinter in your finger or a bacterial infection. During this process, blood leukocytes report to duty to guide a series of biochemical and cellular events in the body. But when inflammation becomes chronic, this body reaction fails to shut off or activates when there is no real trigger. Inflammation can last for days, months or years—becoming the root of many diseases, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological degeneration.

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