All about inflammation and anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Part 2)

anti-inflammatory strategies

In Part I we discussed how inflammation can cause a wide variety of serious medical conditions.  So, obviously, you should make every effort to keep inflammation at bay.  This article discusses anti-inflammatory strategies to improve your health and prevent chronic diseases. One big problem with the way inflammation is being treated in traditional medicine today is that – as with many other conditions – the emphasis seems to be on managing symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs, rather than eliminating the root cause (one could argue that this is a much more profitable approach for pharmaceutical companies in the long-run).  Anti-inflammatory drugs (also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) reduce pain, fever and swelling by blocking proteins and enzymes naturally produced in […]

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All about inflammation and anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Part 1)

inflammation

Over the course of evolution, our bodies developed some fantastically complex and truly amazing defense mechanisms.  Jointly, they keep us safe and alive, protecting us from foreign bacterial and viral invasions, ensuring tissue regeneration and healing, cleaning up cellular metabolic debris and deactivating and destroying malfunctioning cells to limit the damage that they can inflict on surrounding tissues. Many times, however, the same processes that are supposed to protect our bodies from harm cause greater harm when allowed to progress unchecked.  For instance, cholesterol patches originally deployed to limit the damage from vascular lesions may lead to dangerous plaque formations that elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Free radicals, the generation of which is a part of normal […]

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6 big myths and misconceptions in healthy eating

healthy eating myths debunked

When it comes to healthy eating, there are many myths and misconceptions that just won’t die.  Some of them may be silly, while some others may be dangerous, because following them may lead to the results opposite to what you would expect (to the detriment of your health). The funny thing is that most people who propagate them by trying to “educate” their friends have no idea why they need to follow these “guidelines” – they were just told to, at some point, by another friend, a popular magazine or even doctors, who got stuck in the last century and didn’t care to update their knowledge with the latest research. Are any of these myths worth believing in?  See for […]

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Is red meat bad? (Part II – IGF-1, risk of cancer and more)

Is meat bad for you

Let’s continue our discussion that we started in Part I and see if there really is any association between meat and cancer. It’s different if you already have a pathology It is often implied that high-protein diet causes damage to your kidneys by “overloading” them with nitrogen by-products of protein digestion (that they naturally metabolise and excrete) – but as a healthy individual, you will have difficulty overconsuming protein, since your body has natural regulatory mechanisms that drive the desire for protein-containing foods.  So you are unlikely to ever eat too much. But is it correct to say that eating any amount will put a strain on your kidneys?  Should you specifically reduce protein consumption to avoid damaging them? The […]

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Why deep-fried food is such a bad food (even in moderate amounts)

deep-fried food

There is really no shortage of bad food out there – probably around 80% of what you can buy at grocery stores or restaurants is harmful to you in some way.  Some items merely require caution – and very close attention to their source and quality.  Some others, however, fall into the “really bad foods” category – no matter where or how you get them. One common type of such really bad food has more to do with the cooking method used, rather than the ingredients – because if you use this cooking method, you can easily destroy even the healthiest product and turn it into poison. The cooking method we are talking about is deep-frying.  It is used extensively […]

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How to live longer, slow down aging and feel awesome

Slow down agina

Are you dreading the time you will start aging? Perhaps you are very far from that point in life – but your current habits have a lot of influence on what happens then. Here are a few simple rules that will help you make sure that your golden years do not mean memory loss, lack of mobility, wrinkles and chronic diseases and that you will, instead, remain full of vitality, health, strength and energy.

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Saturated fat & unsaturated fat: what you didn’t know about bad fats and good fats

saturated fat and unsaturated fat examples

For many years, when people talked about healthy eating, any low-fat diet was a staple.  The USDA food pyramid and its equivalents produced by government authorities responsible for making sure we eat well have been vilifying fat for decades.  American Heart Association still recommends limiting foods containing saturated fat, such as butter or red meat – and to go for leanest cuts whenever you do eat red meat.  They still recommend “replacing foods that are high in saturated fat with healthier options can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles”.  In their own words: “You should replace foods high in saturated fat with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fat. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not […]

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