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Do you live a “Pro Inflammatory” Lifestyle?

By Dr. Sapna |

There is a myriad of negative implications that inflammation has on our bodies. Although the solution may seem simple, anti-inflammatory medications, its much more complex than this. In fact, adopting a few preventative lifestyle changes can go a long way in helping you stay healthy and disease-free.

High-sugar foods: Immunosuppression for 2-4 hours after eating

High-fat foods: Especially foods with arachidonic acid and saturated fats (dairy and animal fat primarily)

Food Allergens: Allergens may form immune complexes and lead to inflammation

Foods that promote bacterial overgrowth of the small bowel: Simple sugars and complex carbs quickly digested such as refined white flour and white potatoes

Insufficiency of fiber: Fiber pulls toxins from the GI tract and acts like a broom to sweep them out

Insufficient phytonutrients: Phytonutrients primarily found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, which quench inflammation

Insufficient exercise: 1) Adipose tissue (fat) is pro-inflammatory; 2) Exercising muscle reduces inflammation improves insulin sensitivity

Vitamin D deficiency: Causes inflammation, promotes autoimmunity, and expedites progression of osteoarthritis

Fatty acid imbalances: Insufficiencies of Omega-3 and -6 fats, along with excesses of saturated fat and trans-fats lead to inflammation

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: Especially magnesium, deficiency of which is seen in 20-40% of most “industrialized” populations

Xenobiotic/toxin accumulation: Non-specific but can lead to inflammation and is an underdiagnosed problem

Emotional stress and toxic relationships: Promote inflammation, impair wound healing, and promote immunosuppresion

 

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Dr. Sapna is Toronto’s leading health expert on holistic healthy living and rehabilitation. Her passion for health, fitness, rehab, and nutrition has made her a leading authority on functional and integrative healthcare with highly regarded results-driven patient care. Dr. Sapna is a well known and respected Chiropractor, media personality, entrepreneur, educator, and a recognized leader in the field of injury rehab. Live inspired. Live Life!

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