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Sometimes when something goes wrong in your body, you notice it right away. For example, if you fall and break a bone, the pain and other symptoms are readily obvious. But other times the damage occurs unnoticed for a long time and can show up as a host of other problems. Take for instance the variety of inflammatory diseases, like arthritis and asthma. Even cancer is a symptom of something else going on in your body. This “something” is often connected with chronic inflammation occurring in your body. Inflammation is not always a “bad guy.” Sometimes you need it in order to protect and heal your body. Like when you broke that bone; the pain signals your body that something is wrong. The swelling and redness indicate that blood is rushing to area and fluid is leaking into the tissue to cushion the broken bone. But what happens when inflammation goes “wrong?”
Chronic inflammation means that your body is inflamed all the time, and it begins to think that your own body is the problem. It begins to attack your healthy tissue and cells in an attempt to “heal” it. When this happens, more problems arise. Things like type-2 diabetes and heart disease, for example, are results of chronic inflammation many times. The challenge with chronic inflammation is that you may not realize it is happening right away. You may not see the swelling or redness or may dismiss it as nothing serious. You may also treat a symptom of chronic inflammation without realizing what it really is. Unfortunately, treating the symptoms alone are not going to reduce the inflammation wrecking havoc on your body. You need to treat the source of the problem, the inflammation itself.
Treating inflammation is not an easy task; it requires a slow process of healing your body and bringing it back to the balance that it craves. It is made even more difficult by the pressures and habits of Western culture. Eating foods that aggravate inflammation are only making the situation worse, and you have probably been doing this for years! These foods you are choosing are probably making the symptoms and results of chronic inflammation worse and worse. But when you change it up and choose foods that will fight inflammation instead, you can start finding your way back to health. This lifestyle is not just about losing weight or looking good, although those are often side effects, it is more about healing your body and being healthy. Just remember, it is a lifestyle,and it does take time to reverse the years of damage chronic inflammation has caused. Be patient with yourself! You are doing the right thing now in supporting your health. Remember that each time you make that decision to reach for something anti-inflammatory rather than your old habits.
The more you understand the power of the foods that you put in your body, the better. And the more you discover how to stock your kitchen and plan out meals, the more empowered you become. Embracing the anti-inflammatory life can become easier. This is not a promise that you will find it easy every day or that “bad” foods will not tempt you. This plan is designed to give you tools and a start to support your body with food. It is a proclamation that choosing to fight chronic inflammation is worth the effort!
Some of the highlights of the book include;
- A scientific discussion of inflammation and the harm chronic inflammation can have on the body.
- Discussion on how to become an empowered eater for the benefit of your health and overall well-being.
- A how-to on approaching an anti-inflammatory lifestyle
- An overview of the anti-inflammatory diet and how it can drastically change your life.
- Suggestions on how to prepare for embracing your new way of life and eating.
- Ideas for where and h