Remember this guy? I promised that I’d come back to inflammation and that will be the subject for the rest of this month. Need a reminder? Here is a link to the blog that I did way back in the day…https://jillschnei.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/an-inflaming-introduction/. I also want to remind you of how inflammation is defined: According to the Honor Society of Nursing, “Inflammation is your body’s natural response to destroy or get rid of dangerous substances like allergens or bacteria. Sometimes, however, your body attacks itself, leading to different parts of your body becoming inflamed. This can affect your organs and bones and cause pain, swelling, and redness.” According to Dr. Oz, it can clog up your arteries contributing to heart disease, cause cancer, diabetes and a host of other issues. This is a huge topic and just a little over two weeks will not likely give me all of the details that I need to fight inflammation in my body. As I mentioned the first go-round, people use inflammation like a buzzword, never really understanding the meaning of what it is. It’s like Gwyneth Paltrow who likely speaks to how riddled her body is with inflammation. Really, it’s very dangerous and in order for me to live my healthiest life, I’m going to do some investigating.
According to doctoroz.com, there are five ways that you can take to ward off inflammation. They include:
-Aspirin – this doesn’t just help prevent heart attacks, there is evidence that it can help prevent other diseases including Alzheimer’s and colon cancer. You shouldn’t take aspirin or any other medication without speaking to your family doctor. I can’t take aspirin – I get horrifying, need to visit the doctor heartburn from it. If I’m told later in life that I need it, I’ll revisit it then
-Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these are beneficial in preventing heart disease. Luckily, I’ve been eating a lot of flaxseed, walnuts and more fish than I’ve ever eaten in my life. I used to avoid fish like the plague, but now I’m ordering it more often when I eat eat. Salmon is good but unless it’s fresh, it can taste a little fishy. Arctic Char is nice too – and it is also a good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. If you really aren’t a fish person or would like to be more open to it, halibut is a great fish to try. It’s mild tasting and has a meatier texture. I also tried branzino recently and really liked it, but I can’t tell you if it is a good source of Omega 3’s so stick to the other fish that I mentioned and I’ll get back to you on that one.
-Fruits and Veggies – I’m not going to go into any great detail on this, but we all know that it’s important to especially eat a lot of vegetables.
-Liquid Anti-Oxidants – this one was a little weird – they recommend drinking orange juice particularly after eating an unhealthy meal. I’m not sure that I buy that, plus OJ is very high in sugar. I’ll let you figure that one out on your own. I drink it once or twice a year and it has to be Tropicana Pure Premium (and no they didn’t pay me to say that – it’s just the best tasting juice outside of squeezing it yourself).
-Move – exercise can reduce inflammation…we all know it’s good for us. I’m going to have to start doing it more than once or twice a week. I signed up for a barre exercise class (it’s a Groupon) – I’ve always wanted to try it, so why not do it to help decrease inflammation in my body?
For more details, check out the article at http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/five-ways-fight-inflammation.
I can’t believe that 23 weeks have gone by already. It seems like only yesterday, I was writing about meditation. Oh, that was the day before yesterday. I can’t wait to see what they next 29 weeks will bring – new learnings, new experiences, new purses! I haven’t spent any money on pursuing Dr. Oz strategies because I’ve been too busy doing the meditation experience. I am doing another 2 weeks of the Rapid Weight Loss program – over the last couple of weeks, my eating hasn’t been as good as it had been for the last two months, so I wanted to get myself back on track. I don’t feel as poorly as I did last time, and I can even get the smoothies down in 15 minutes. I think I feel better partly because I’m used to eating the Dr. Oz way anyway. I just didn’t want to let bad habits go on for too long. I still had leftover flaxseed and protein powder from the first time that I did the plan so I was able to just get started right away. Here is hoping that this will help with some of the inflammation in my body.
Today, I am grateful that some friends helped me unlock the next levels of Candy Crush – I know, I know. I’m pathetic – but it is addictive. I’m off to conquer level 51! Until tomorrow…I am…