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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Embracing the Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle

From arthritis and asthma to bronchitis and cancer, experts indicate many health conditions share a common factor -- inflammation. What do you need to know about inflammation and how can you keep your family healthy?

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or injury. It’s necessary for your body to heal.

How does inflammation work?

When injury or illness occurs in your body, blood flow to the affected area increases and healing proteins and infection-fighting cells follow. This begins the healing process.

When is inflammation dangerous?

It’s chronic inflammation in the body, a condition that experts describe as an out-of-control immune system response, which signals a problem. Chronic inflammation stresses and injures your cells, causing damage and aging.

What health conditions are linked to inflammation?

Experts say many health conditions are linked to inflammation, including:
Cardiovascular disease
Joint problems
Skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema

What foods are linked to inflammation?

Sugar: White sugar, in particular, causes a high spike in blood sugar levels in your body, triggering an inflammatory response.
Processed foods: White flour, for instance, is a processed food that can cause inflammation in your body.
Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs): Your body tries to protect against food it doesn’t recognize, such as GMOs, resulting in inflammation.
Dairy products, fried foods, processed and red meats.

Some suggestions for an anti-inflammatory diet:

Some foods that may guard against inflammation and calm inflammation already present in your body include:

Fresh fruits and vegetables: From bitter veggies such as radishes, kale, and spinach, to blueberries and red peppers, fresh fruits and vegetables are great defenders against inflammation.
Green tea: Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation. Consume at least 2 cups per day for maximum benefits.
Mushrooms: If grown under UV light, mushrooms contain vitamin D, which plays a major role in immune system health.
Grain alternatives:  Amaranth, quinoa, millet, and wild rice are good choices.
Bitter herbs:  Ginger and horseradish are very good anti-inflammatories.

For more diet suggestions, visit this site.

Are there other lifestyle factors that can lead to inflammation?

1. Lack of sleep – Sleep is essential to controlling inflammatory hormones in your body.
2. Carrying excess weight – Extra pounds, especially around your waistline, can be a contributing factor to inflammation.
3. Lack of exercise – Exercise increases blood flow in your body, which decreases inflammation.
4. Excess stress - Stress hormones can cause an inflammatory response in your body.
5. Environmental factors - May affect the estrogen balance in your body.
6. Heavy meal overload -- An excess of mercury and lead in the body can contribute to inflammation.

How do anti-inflammatory medications factor in?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, block pain and reduce fever.  NSAIDs are typically used for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or to ease the pain associated with an injury. They are taken by mouth and are available without a prescription.  Always check with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication.

Steroids help reduce the signs and symptoms of conditions such as asthma, lupus, and more. Steroids may be taken by mouth, via an inhaler or spray, topically, or by injection. Your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes steroids. Remember to use your Familywize Discount Prescription Drug Card for maximum savings on medication.

By educating yourself regarding the options available for treating inflammation and embracing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, you and your family can lead the best life possible.

Live Healthy. Live Smart

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hey Honey

Fresh Is Best

health benefits of honey
Bees the makers of honey
Did you know that honey is freshest in the summer and fall when it is harvested? You will get the most health benefits from honey if you get it fresh and raw. Another option is pasteurized honey. However, many health benefits of honey are lost when it is pasteurized. I highly recommend buying local raw honey. Why local honey? The bees in your area are harvesting pollen from the plants in your area. Nature, in its beautiful wisdom, provides the foods and plants your body most needs for “life support” for you in that space and time. So when you can; eat fresh, local, and raw!

Fill Yourself Up With Fabulous Fuel

Honey benefits have been known and used throughout the ages. However, we have stopped using honey for nutrition, and replaced it with processed sugar for low cost and ease. But, food is fuel to our bodies, and the nutrients and vitamins we get from fresh food can greatly increase our good health. That is why I am such an avid supporter of spreading the word to eat nutrient dense foods. Many health experts feel that eating fresh and raw ingredients has a positive effect on our overall health.

Let’s live life to the fullest, by enjoying the positive benefits of eating delicious, colorful, nutrient rich foods. The benefit of honey is just one way we can do this.

Honey health benefits

Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits honey has to offer to YOU:
  • Allergy remedy: Many people report that using a spoonful of honey in tea, or right out of the jar has relieved their allergy symptoms. There may also be benefits from adding bee pollen supplements to the honey.  Some people report that they are able to stop using over the counter medicines after finding that honey has helped relieve their symptoms. How Stuff explains in detail how honey might help as an allergy remedy. 
  • An Energized Workout:  Honey can boost the quality of your workout! The natural sugars in honey may help in preventing fatigue while you exercise. Try a “spoonful of honey” before your next work out and see if it boosts your energy!
  • Boost your Immune System:  Honey has anti-bacterial properties.  Since bacteria does not grow on honey, it might help your body kill off bacteria and help boost your immune system. I once asked a lively and healthy 92 year old woman, named Doris, what she felt was one of her most effective health regimens. She told me that every morning she started her day with honey and lemon in a cup of warm water. A doctor had told her in her forties that it would help to boost her immune system, and she used it every day after that. 
  • A Natural Home Remedy:  I come from Amish country and I am grateful for the influence that culture has brought into my life. One of my favorite books is, “Home Remedies from Amish Country.” One remedy from this little gem of a book is said to be good for arthritis pain. But always check with your doctor before stopping or changing any medications. There are different types of arthritis and it's important to know which type you are dealing with before using any remedy, natural or otherwise.
    • Mix equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar.
    • Take two dessert spoons (about one tablespoon) of this mixture each morning and evening.
Health benefits from honey are numerous, whether you use it inside or out. is just one internet resource that talks about the many benefits from raw honey. If you are unsure of the benefits honey could have for your condition, check with your skilled health care provider first. Always discuss changes in treatment with your doctor before stopping any prescribed treatment or medication. Also, honey should never be given to infants under the age of 12 months. It may contain botulism spores that can lead to botulism poisoning. Infants under 12 months should avoid all foods containing honey, whether it is raw or processed.

Let me share with you a few nutrition facts so you can feel even better about enjoying this delicious, golden syrup.

Honey Nutrition Facts

How many calories are in honey? Well there are about 64 calories in a tablespoon of honey.

I was taught that to live a long healthy life eat mineral rich foods. You can't go wrong with honey.
  • Potassium-heart, kidney, muscle and digestive functioning.
  •  Calcium-bone health, dental care and prevention of colon cancer.
  • Phosphorus-hormone balance, bone and protein formation and digestion.
  • Sodium-helps balance fluid in the body, especially during workouts.
  • Magnesium-aids over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
  • Iron-carries life giving oxygen to human blood cells.
  • Copper-if there is an anti-aging nutrient, this one would be at the top of the list!
  •  Manganese-helps in building bones.
  • Zinc- immune system, wound healing, improved stress levels, and much more.
raw honey
The benefits of honey are many.
I hope this helps enjoy more of the benefits from this wonderfully rich and tasty gift from the bees.

Have some happy honey filled days ahead!

Contributing Writer