Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Stick­ing to a healthy diet most of the time is the most im­por­tant thing you can do for your health, but if you have an un­healthy life­style you could be sab­o­tag­ing all your hard work. Here are few sabo­teurs to look out for:

Re­duce your ex­po­sure to tox­ins:

When you’re ex­posed to en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins, your im­mune sys­tem can re­act by cre­at­ing in­flam­ma­tion. Not us­ing her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides, stick­ing to safe plas­tics, and switch­ing to nat­u­ral clean­ing prod­ucts and per­sonal care prod­ucts will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce your ex­po­sure to tox­ins.

Avoid un­nec­es­sary an­tibi­otics:

An­tibi­otics kill bac­te­ria, both good and bad, dis­rupt­ing your gut flora, which leads to chronic in­flam­ma­tion. Un­less you have a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, say no to an­tibi­otics. Ad­vanced gly­ca­tion end (AGEs)

prod­ucts: AGEs are com­pounds found in most an­i­mal prod­ucts that in­crease in num­ber and strength when meat is grilled, fried, and bar­be­cued.

AGEs are known to con­trib­ute to in­flam­ma­tion. Use slow cook­ing meth­ods for meat in­stead.

Antacids and NSAIDS:

If you reg­u­larly take antacids to treat your in­di­ges­tion or pop an NSAID like ibupro­fen each time you ex­pe­ri­ence pain, you’re set­ting your­self up for chronic in­flam­ma­tion. This is why asthma suf­fer­ers are ad­vised not to take ibupro­fen, be­cause it adds to the in­flam­ma­tion.

Oral health is im­por­tant too:

Reg­u­lar brush­ing and floss­ing can help keep our mouths free of bac­te­ria – bad bac­te­ria, which causes gum dis­ease, can get into the blood­stream and trig­ger in­flam­ma­tion. This is why gum dis­ease has been linked with heart dis­ease.

Keep your weight in check:

Be­ing over­weight is bad for us in so many ways, but fat cells also se­crete a hor­mone which trig­gers in­flam­ma­tion.

Smok­ing and in­flam­ma­tion:

We all know smok­ing – even sec­ond-hand smoke ex­po­sure – con­trib­utes to sev­eral dis­eases; one of the rea­sons is that it causes ex­ces­sive in­flam­ma­tion.

Get qual­ity sleep:

Re­search shows loss of sleep, even for a sin­gle night, in­creases in­flam­ma­tion. If you’re get­ting less than six hours a night you’re at risk of ox­ida­tive stress, which leads to in­flam­ma­tion. Deal­ing with sleep is­sues like sleep ap­nea is vi­tal to pre­vent this.

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