There is an increasing awareness of the impacts and effect that low-level, constant inflammation can have on the body. It is related to loss of elasticity and suppleness of the skin, autoimmune disorders, all chronic age-related diseases and it may set the stage for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Additionally, The constant stress of the inflammation causes your cells to mutate, disintegrate your joint cartilage and contribute to the accumulation of plaque on your artery walls.

The good news is (and we need some after reading that lists) is that it can be relatively easy to get under control and reverse the damage. Like many things it starts with what you are putting into your body – there are many foods that are known inflammatory foods. At the top of the list is refined sugars, processed breads and cereals, red meat and dairy. Many patients start with an elimination diet – meaning they eliminate all inflammatory foods for an extended period of time and then slowly add foods back in 1 at a time and wait to see what the results are (much like when introducing new foods to babies). After seeing the impacts of certain foods on their physical and even psychological feeling individuals can make the informed decision on whether or not to remove that food from their diets completely.

The next thing to do is increase your intake of health oils – omega 3s – to around 1 to 2 grams a daily. Eating seeds, nuts, fish and taking daily supplements can accomplish this.