Beat in­flam­ma­tion to feel bet­ter, stay health­ier!

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Feel

as if you’ve got more aches and pains than you used to? Blame chronic in­flam­ma­tion, a prob­lem that in­creases over time and that, in ad­di­tion to caus­ing aches, can con­trib­ute to a host of health prob­lems. How can you re­duce in­flam­ma­tion? Eas­ily!

Re­new cells with berries!

Rasp­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries and blackberries are rich in antioxidants, mak­ing them in­flam­ma­tion-zap­ping won­ders. “As we age, our bod­ies no longer re­gen­er­ate new cells as quickly, and that plays into the buildup of chronic in­flam­ma­tion,” says Rebecca Scritchfi eld, R.D.N., au­thor of Body Kind­ness. “Berries are pow­er­ful at quench­ing that cel­lu­lar in­flam­ma­tion.”

Heal with gin­ger tea!

“Sim­ply adding gin­ger to your diet can dra­mat­i­cally help fight in­flam­ma­tion,” says natur­opath Michelle Schof­fro Cook, PH.D., D.N.M., au­thor of The Cul­tured Cook. In fact, mul­ti­ple stud­ies re­veal that gin­gerol, the root’s ac­tive com­pound, re­duces in­flam­ma­tion through­out the body. Sim­ply sip a cup or two of this de­li­cious im­mu­nity-boost­ing tea: Thinly slice a 2" piece of raw gin­ger. Place in a mug with 2 lemon wedges and 1 tsp. honey. Fill with just­boiled wa­ter. Steep 5 min­utes and en­joy hot or cold.

Soothe your gums with co­conut oil! If your gums tend to bleed when­ever you floss, it could sig­nal that you have pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease, which can trig­ger in­flam­ma­tion else­where. “Harm­ful mi­crobes in the mouth can gain ac­cess to your blood­stream and cause in­flam­ma­tion any­where in your body,” ex­plains Schof­fro Cook. The good news is there’s an easy so­lu­tion: Swish your mouth with 1 tsp. of sweet-tast­ing, un­re­fined co­conut oil for five min­utes af­ter brush­ing and floss­ing in the morn­ing and again at night, she ad­vises. “Its nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial com­pounds help kill harm­ful bac­te­ria in the mouth, fight­ing in­flam­ma­tion in the body, as well.” Co­conut oil’s ger­mzap­ping pow­ers can KO in­flam­ma­tion within four weeks!

Ac­ti­vate en­zymes with raw veg­gies! “As we get up in years, we have fewer of the en­zymes needed to quell in­flam­ma­tion,” says Schof­fro Cook. To the res­cue: “Snack­ing on raw veg­eta­bles like car­rots, radishes and cu­cum­bers, which con­tain en­zymes called pro­tease that gob­ble up the by-prod­ucts of in­flam­ma­tion like Pac-man!” Pre­fer a quicker fix? A glass of car­rot juice does the trick, too!

A daily 400-mg. dose of mag­ne­sium will help your mus­cle and liver cells use blood sugar for fuel, in turn, height­en­ing your blood-sugar con­trol as much as 48%, ac­cord­ing to re­cent Ital­ian re­search. ■ Im­por­tant: Al­ways talk to your doc­tor be­fore start­ing a new sup­ple­ment.

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