Inflammation is associated with so many life-altering conditions and diseases—from heart disease to obesity, diabetes, and many autoimmune diseases. And yet every day millions of Americans make choices that unwittingly promote chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is the result of an immune system imbalance. If we can redress that, we can help cut the risk for the aforementioned long-term health problems and help ease many of the near-term low-grade ills—like skin disorders, joint pains, digestive problems, migraines, anxiety and mood swings—that many people experience as a result of inflammation.
One of the most common contributors to inflammation is what we in the wellness community call "leaky gut syndrome,” triggered by alcohol, food sensitivities (for example, gluten), certain medications (like NSAIDs), low-grade gut infections (yeast, bacteria and parasites) and even chronic stress. These can cause damage to the lining of gut or the tight links between the cell wall, letting proteins and bits of bacteria into the bloodstream, setting off an inflammatory response throughout the body.
As grim as inflammation may be, there is some good news: you have the power to stop it, and in so doing, help protect yourself from a litany of health problems for years to come.
Here’s my preventive prescription: 14 start-them-today fixes to help you fight inflammation, and win: