Who wants to age well, and live a disease-free life? Well, don’t raise your hands all at once!
In a perfect world, everyone would age well and rid themselves of the ailments that chronic disease tends to bring with it on its destructive path. Of course that scenario seems a little too ideal to be possible, but guess what? It IS attainable with proper knowledge and choices.
If you want to age well and waive goodbye to chronic disease, then you need to focus on two words: Inflammation and Oxidation.
Inflammation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
So, you might ask, what exactly is inflammation? Well, in basic terms, inflammation is your body’s way of defending itself against anything it deems harmful, protecting itself from further insult or injury, and cleaning up debris left behind after an injury. Signs of normal, healthy inflammation include, but are not are not limited to: pain, swelling, redness, and warmth.
When inflammation occurs around an injury and goes away when it’s job is done, that is healthy and normal. When you have inflammation that is chronic and throughout your entire body, that is very problematic.
The bad type of inflammation that is throughout your whole body and tends to be long-term is called systemic inflammation, which is basically a “causer of disease.” This is linked to most chronic conditions including numerous autoimmune diseases. In some cases, inflammation can keep your body stuck in some vicious cycles, which keep sick people sick.
More serious signs of chronic inflammation can be linked to: brain fog, leaky blood brain barrier, anxiousness, poor stress response, digestive complaints, joint or muscles aches and pains, damage to tissue and nerves, and decrease or loss of function.
Now let’s talk about the second word in this magical combo, Oxidation. This happens when an atom or a compound loses an electron. Meaning when something is oxidized, its properties change.
In more simple terms, think of a piece of fruit going brown or the rusting of metal. That my friend, is oxidation. This also occurs with some powerful household cleaners that quickly breakdown tough messes or stains. We like when oxidation breaks down our messes, but not so much when it does this to our insides.
So, you see, there is a good, bad, and ugly side to oxidation as well. Eating antioxidants however, can help prevent oxidative stress. Doing this can keep your cells and enzymes happy and working well, and your insides from looking like rotten fruit or a rusted car.
Inflammation and oxidation are essential factors to consider if you desire to age well and live disease free, as most major diseases stem from these two processes.
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