Inflammation is the body’s natural defense mechanism against infection, irritation, toxins and other foreign substances. It is a critical process that keeps one healthy. However, sometimes the immune system can become disrupted and can shift into a chronic state of inflammation without you even knowing it.
Inflammation is believed to be a major cause of degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer. The most common causes of inflammation are diet (sugar, animal fat, processed foods, high-glycemic intake). Fat cells, especially around the mid section, are major players in promoting inflammation. Continue reading “Inflammation is a Silent But Deadly Threat”
According to the CDC, as many as 54 million Americans have been told by their doctors that they have arthritis. Arthritis usually leads to restriction of physical activity, increasing the risks of heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and depression. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are most commonly prescribed to provide pain relief for arthritis.
These drugs only provide temporary relief and may even lead to further deterioration of the joint and surrounding tissue. Continue reading “Alternatives to NSAIDs”
I picked up a bushel (yes, a bushel) of carrots at a local farm this past weekend. Apparently, it was a great year for carrots around here. With visions of stews, casseroles, and healhy-ish muffins, I hauled the 15 pound bushel of orange goodness home.
First on my recipe list is carrot ginger soup. This is one of those soups that is perfect for cool evenings after spending a day outside. I keep the skin on the carrots, retaining the numerous extra cancer-fighting compounds, including beta-carotene and canthaxanthin. I just give them a really good scrub.
Carrots are nutrition powerhouses. Harvard researchers recently found a strong inverse relationship between diets rich in carrots and the incidence of stroke; women who ate five or more servings of carrots weekly had a 68% lower risk. When 124 lung cancer patients who were not regular smokers were compared with 235 controls in terms of what they ate, carrots were seen to offer the best protection against the disease.
Combine the carrots with anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, and you have a great soup that everyone will love! Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup”
I hope you all had a fun and safe Memorial Day. It was such a nice weekend around here, lots of sun and blue skies… but unfortunately it also led to sunburns for some of us who forgot to reapply sunblock after being in the water.
So what do you do if you forgot to apply sunblock, or didn’t reapply (a very important step in sun protection) and now have angry red skin? Here are some tips to help soothe your sunburn.
1. Take anti-inflammatory support supplement like Pathway Cox 2 Support. The pain from a sunburn is usually worst between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure.
2. If your skin is not blistering, moisturizing cream may be applied to relieve discomfort. Store the moisturizing cream in the refrigerator between applications as the coolness will aid in comfort to your skin. Aloe Vera Gel is wonderful and soothing. Apply liberally! Continue reading “Soothe Your Sunburn”