Friend, this summer is a scorcher.

It’s hotter than ever in multiple spots across the country, and I thank my lucky stars that the A/C is still working at my clinic and in my home and car.

At least you can beat the heat that’s outside. But when it comes to the fires that may be raging inside your body… well, extinguishing those isn’t quite so simple.

It’s worth the effort you put into it, though, because when we’re talking about inflammation that turns up the heat in your body and brain, it’s not just a matter of discomfort.

Your independence is at stake!

In a new study, Boston University researchers analyzed the brain tissues of folks who died from either Parkinson's disease or Huntington's disease and compared them with samples from folks who’d had no neurological condition.

Now, if you're not familiar with Huntington's, it's a disorder caused by a faulty gene, and -- like Parkinson's -- the death of neurons over time leads to problems with motor control, like jerking and flinging movements.

The two diseases are distinct, and different neurons are affected.

But in the study, it turned out that BOTH Parkinson's and Huntington's patients had the SAME response to neurodegeneration: inflammation in the central nervous system!

And that makes sense to me, because the same therapies that can snuff out inflammation in your body have also been shown to slow Parkinson's progression.

Here are some simple ways to rein in the inferno:

• Get moving: Regular exercise is a natural inflammation-fighter that can put the brakes on Parkinson's.
• Go fish: Supplement with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel) to ease Parkinson's symptoms.
• Detox: Pollutants and toxic chemicals can keep those fires raging, so limit your exposure as much as possible and use natural detoxifiers like glutathione (the “master antioxidant”) or the potent amino acid NAC (which produces glutathione).
• Go Paleo: The Paleo diet eliminates the sugars, grains, and processed foods that kick up inflammatory processes in your body.
• Boost your immunity: Probiotics and vitamin D can help fortify your immune system and ease inflammation from your gut to your joints.

And since everything from diabetes to cancer has been tied to chronic inflammation, you'll be protecting the rest of your body… along with your brain!