inflammation

  1. How to SAVE your own life… in 60 seconds

    If you ask me, lots of the so-called health “experts” out there are practically masters of torture.  

    Everything they recommend is so darned HARD! 

    They want you counting every calorie… skipping EVERY food you love… and working out like a Marine in basic training.  

    Well, protecting your health… and adding YEARS to your life… shouldn’t be so difficult.  

    In fact, I’m going to show you a simple way to stop many of the worst killers around.  

    And it takes literally 60 seconds a day.  

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    The biggest cause of disease, hands down, is run-away inflammation.  

    So how do you stop it? 

    The first place you can start is with that lonely, abandoned roll of floss in your medicine cabinet.  

    I don’t know the REAL percentage of people who floss every day… but the percentage of people who CLAIM they floss every day is 100%.  

    Dentists will tell you it’s the number-one thing their patients lie about.  

    But if you’re not flossing enough, it’s time to start – it could be a matter of life and death.  

    We talk a lot about protecting the collection of bacteria in your gut (your microbiome). But the microbiome in your mouth is pretty important, too.  

    It really doesn’t make much sense to separate the microorganisms in your mouth from the ones in your gut: studies show that 40 percent of the bacteria in your gut match the ones in your mouth.   

    A bad combination of bugs in your mouth triggers inflammation that can cause cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis. But it also increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer throughout your body.  

    It is well-known that bacteria associated with periodontal disease produce chemicals such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) which can alter the body’s control of blood sugar levels and contribute to the accumulation of plaque and clotting factors in the arteries of your heart.  

    Other studies have found periodontal bacteria DNA in coronary artery plaque – a straight pathway from mouth bacteria to heart disease.  

    The good news is you can easily improve the microbes in your mouth with a couple simple steps.  

    First, try to cut back on the sugars and carbs – sugar is like rocket fuel for bad mouth bacteria.  

    Second, flossing is a scientifically proven way to keep the harmful bacteria in check.  

    Just 60 seconds of flossing a day won’t just make your teeth healthier – it could have a dramatic impact on your overall health.  

  2. The kitchen staple that reins in inflammation

    There’s probably something in your kitchen cabinet right now that can help make a cake rise… scrub your floor till it’s spotless… and absorb odors from any stinky leftovers in the back of the fridge.

    You can even brush your teeth with this all-purpose household item!

    And now, a new study says that you may want to start putting it into your water bottle.

    I'm talking about baking soda.

    We know that when dissolved in water, baking soda can help beat heartburn, as sodium bicarbonate (the chemical name it’s known by) is the active ingredient in antacids like Alka-Seltzer and Rolaids.

    But how it can ALSO slow the progression of chronic kidney disease and even ward off urinary tract infections – both of which seemingly have nothing to do with stomach acid – has baffled the medical community.

    Those processes, however, all have something to do with the immune system.

    Over the course of two weeks, researchers gave participants a daily dose of baking soda dissolved in water and watched what happened next. (In the study, the participants happened to be a combination of rats and healthy medical students, which just goes to show what we’re willing to go through to become doctors!)

    In both the human and animal subjects, the population of immune cells called "macrophages" shifted from primarily those that PROMOTE inflammation (M1) to those that REDUCE inflammation (M2).

    And here's the kicker for those with autoimmune disease: The baking soda also INCREASED immune cells called "regulatory T cells," which help keep your immune system from attacking your own tissues.

    Bingo!

    The theory is that drinking the baking soda actually affects your spleen – specifically, special cells that sit like sentinels on the surface of the organ, which plays a key role in immunity. Those cells warn the spleen when an invader is approaching and trigger an immune response (which generally manifests in the form of inflammation).

    In the case of a “bad bug” getting into your system, this reaction is necessary and can even save your life.

    However, in cases when your immune system gets a little overzealous, those signals go out even if what’s invading is a hamburger and not an infection.

    Somehow, baking soda seems to change that signal when an immune response would be an overreaction.

    It’s almost as though the message switches from “Danger, Will Robinson!” to “Nothing to see here. Move along!”

    The researchers say that their findings could be the first step toward finding a way to harness the power of baking soda to fight autoimmune disease, and that’s not surprising, as we already know that sodium bicarbonate can effectively reverse an allergic reaction.

    And anything that can tamp down unnecessary inflammation is a good thing, so I’m all for it.

    And yes, you can drink baking soda! Just don’t overdo it, so start out slow. The recommended amount is usually one half-teaspoon per 4-ounce glass, though I would try that amount in an 8-ounce glass of water to see how you feel before going straight to the full amount.

    If you experience any vomiting or diarrhea, stop immediately and seek medical attention. And it’s always a good idea to consult your doc before starting any new regimen – even a natural one.

  3. Good news for lovers of 'the stinking rose'

    If you spent the winter hibernating inside your "lair," eating comfort foods, and not moving around much... you may be emerging with a little extra "padding" around your middle this spring. Aren't we all! Problem is, many of us still haven't lost those extra pounds from LAST winter... and even the winter before that. And if you're carrying more weight...
  4. Western diet boosts inflammation and alters the immune system

    Fast food makes fast changes to your body Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, you know that fast food isn't good for you. As you've read right here in eTips, eating a steady "Western" diet of processed meat, refined grains, and tons of sugar can expand your waistline, up your risk of diabetes and...
  5. Inflammation tied to brain shrinkage

    Put out the flames to beef up your brain As we age, we spend a lot of time hoping that certain things don't "shrink" too much. Believe it or not, some people actually get SHORTER as they get older! But that's not the worst of it. Because of all the things that can shrink over time -- from your height...
  6. Omega-3-rich ahiflower oil lowers inflammation

    Tame inflammation with this obscure plant Inflammation is like a many-headed monster -- it can wreak havoc on multiple body parts simultaneously, from your heart to your brain to your joints. You don't want to let this "creature" run wild... because the result could be heart disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis, or a host of other ailments. If you're a regular eTips...
  7. Inflammation causes chronic autoimmune disease

    Put out the fire in your body to free yourself of disease When you've got an autoimmune disease, your body is literally fighting itself. More specifically, your body's immune system goes haywire, attacking your healthy cells as it would to fight off an infection, even when everything is perfectly normal. The painful inflammation that comes with the process always seemed...
  8. Walking reduces inflammation

    Want to reduce inflammation? Take a short walk! All it takes is 20 minutes, according to a new study.
  9. Inflammation biomarkers can predict mortality

    There’s a new way to test for inflammation biomarkers that can predict the risk of an early death. But your best bet is to adopt an anti-inflammatory lifestyle – regardless of what your bloodwork tells you.
  10. Low-carb diet conquers diabetes, heart disease

    A top research university proves avoiding sugar and loading up on fat can prevent inflammation, a key marker of diabetes and heart disease.

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