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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Dietary Cholesterol Redeemed

Dietary cholesterol is not bad for you!

Let’s establish something before we start our discussion – and bear with me for a moment even it violates everything that you’ve heard so far – dietary cholesterol (and cholesterol in general) is NOT bad for you. Shocking, right?  Isn’t dietary cholesterol responsible for cardio-vascular problems?  Isn’t excess dietary cholesterol a major cause of death from heart attacks and strokes?  Aren’t we supposed to stay away from fat, read meat, avoid cholesterol in eggs and other  dangerous foods that make us obese and clog our arteries? You would be surprised, but the answer to all of those is – NO. For many decades, dietary cholesterol has been blamed for something it was not responsible for and this image is so deeply […]

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Nourishing good bacteria to improve health

bad and good bacteria

From early age we are taught to kill bacteria – antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps, sanitizing wipes, washing hands 50 times a day… Modern nutrition and medical practices exacerbate the problem even more, making us “too clean” sometimes. As a result, we create and promote perfect conditions for many debilitating diseases. The fix, however, may be quite simple – and may have a profound effect on how you feel, look, think and function…

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How to lose weight by avoiding these 6 common mistakes

You would think that with so many strategies on how to lose weight, a plethora of certified dietitians, new hot diets coming out every month, countless tips in popular magazines, proliferation of “healthier” food and the number of companies selling all sorts of green coffee extracts and Garcinia Cambodia pills – we should have less overweight people.  But, somehow, none of these seem to work.  Even when people make a genuine and honest attempt to educate themselves on how to lose weight and proper dietary habits and stick to a specific plan – the majority usually fails miserably.  The agony of a constant struggle with weight seems to be the quintessence of modern existence for men and women alike. Losing weight […]

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Importance of reading ingredient lists and nutrition labels – Part II

(Continued from Part I here) Sodium While there might be various dangerous sources of sodium, such as monosodium glutamate (or MSG) or a plethora of sodium-containing food additives, such as sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, sodium nitrite and sodium acid pyrophosphate – all of which should be avoided completely, Sodium Chloride (or table salt) is the primary source of sodium in processed foods – it’s a preservative and dehydration agent so it is heavily used to inhibit bacterial activity (bacteria need water to survive and multiply).  And packaged foods usually have a lot of it. Sodium has been blamed in the past for high blood pressure, but recent studies show that this might have been a bit overstated – […]

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