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Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when the body's white blood cells and chemicals protect it from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.





 Combat Chronic Inflammation - You actually need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy.  However, when the inflammatory response gets out of hand, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.


Diet accounts for about 80% of the health benefits you reap from a healthful lifestyle and keeps the inflammation in check.  Bad dietary habits include too much sugar, particularly fructose/corn sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and trans-fat.  These two will increase inflammation whereas eating healthy fats, animal-based Omega 3s or essential fatty acids (EFAs), will reduce them.


Optimal Insulin Levels - Having high insulin levels is a surefire way to age quickly.  Insulin resistance is the basis of virtually ALL chronic aging diseases, and one of the primary reasons is because it promotes chronic inflammation throughout the body.  Once again, you should be avoiding sugar/fructose and grains.  Remember that beverages such as soda are high in HFCSs, a major source of calories in the United States.



Avoid Chronic Stress - Some stress is unavoidable, and some can even be helpful in a mild form and in some situations, BUT stress becomes a problem when (1) Your response to it is negative (2) Your feelings and emotions are inappropriate for the circumstances (3) Your response lasts an excessively long time (4) You are feeling continuously overwhelmed, overpowered or overworked.


Normal Blood Pressure - High blood pressure or hypertension is a common health problem for one out of three people. Uncontrolled hypertension is a serious health concern that can cause heart disease and increase the risk of stroke. The good news is that over 85% of those with hypertension can normalize their blood pressure through simple lifestyle modifications.



SYNTHETIC PRESCRIPTION DRUGS will not change, modify or in anyway address the underlying cause of high blood pressure. Even with multiple medications, there is still no management of the condition for over half of the people taking them. These drugs simply do not work as promised not to mention the side effects.



If you are on any statin drug, your physician should have told you to also take CoQ10 as directed on the bottle. If your doctor hasn't told you about CoQ10, do your own self-care and begin immediately to include CoQ10 with your statin. CoQ10 is protection for your heart. fh


For the most part, high blood pressure is related to the body producing too much insulin, so once again your diet is crucial to changing the insulin levels which will, in turn, lower blood presure. Utilizing all of the above suggestions will have a significant impact on your inflammation, stress, insulin levels and blood pressure.


PROPER SLEEP - You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the short-circuiting caused by it.  One very important way is getting good sleep.  Sleep deprivation interferes with our growth hormone production.  One study has shown that people with chronic insomnia have a three times (3X) greater risk of dying from any cause.


Research ways to help yourself find a restful night.  Healthy Alternatives has many suggestions, and since one size does not fit all, there is likely one that fits you. 


Another way to avoid stress is to walk it off.  Exercise studies have shown over and over again that, during exercise, tranquilizing chemicals (your endorphines) are released in your brain providing you with a natural way to bring your body pleasurable relaxation and rejuvenation.

If you want to llve longer - GET MOVING!


Final Note:  Address what is stressing you and what you can do about it.  If it's a toxic relationship, fix it or step away.  However, if you can't avoid stress or can't get the sleep you want, there are still the soothing benefits of therapeutic essential oils.  You may be surprised how one little drop of essential oil can make a big difference.  fh


Reference: Mechanism of Aging and Development, February 2012:131(2),:165-7

Source: Best Health Degree, May 2012

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