When it comes to things that will cut your life short, threats like accidents, cancer, and the coronavirus get a lot of attention.
And rightly so. They’re responsible for ending a staggering number of lives.
But there’s another sleeper threat that could ultimately be responsible for millions of deaths. It’s one you never hear about it but could be suffering from at this very moment. And that’s chronic inflammation.
(Click here to discover four silent signs your body is battling chronic inflammation.)
Now you aren’t going to see that word on a death certificate, of course. But inflammation IS often the underlying trigger for the diseases that do get credit for killing us.
In fact, most experts would agree that just about any health complaint you name is connected to inflammation, including everything from cancer to diabetes to depression. Meaning it’s a leading cause of death here in the United States and elsewhere.
But two new studies have found a novel… and frankly, delicious, way to help combat this killer. I’ll tell you all about it in just a moment. But first, let’s take a closer look at chronic inflammation.
Inflammation could send you to an early grave
When most folks hear the word inflammation, they think of that redness and swelling you get after you, say, twist your ankle or slice your finger open while making dinner.
Medical types call this “acute inflammation,” and it’s a sign that your immune system is hard at work, helping you to heal. But chronic inflammation is different.
First of all, you don’t see it like the other version. In fact, most folks have no idea they have chronic inflammation. And unlike acute inflammation, it isn’t a positive sign that your body is trying to heal you.
Chronic inflammation triggers the production of inflammatory proteins called cytokines throughout your body. Over time they can cause a ton of harm, even damaging your DNA and leading to a laundry list of sickening and deadly diseases.
One of those killers, which has reached epidemic levels worldwide, is heart disease and stroke. But new research has revealed a way we can combat chronic inflammation slashing our risk for this killer along with all of the other inflammation-linked conditions.
It turns out our lifestyles can contribute to chronic inflammation, triggering it, or making it worse. Good common-sense practices like getting enough sleep, staying active, and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help reduce hidden inflammation.
And now, a new study based on over 30 years of data has confirmed a “pro-inflammatory” diet can send our risk for heart disease and stroke soaring.
Slash killer disease risks by munching on THESE
After a lot of number crunching and deep dives into the stacks of data from the 210,000 volunteers, the Harvard-based researchers found some distinct patterns. When participants ate more inflammation-linked foods, they had a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
After eliminating the influence of outside factors such as family history, multivitamin use, physical activity level, and BMI, the folks who ate more of the inflammation-triggering foods had a 46 percent higher risk of developing heart disease and a 28 percent higher risk of stroke.
The worst culprits?
- fried foods
- refined sugars
- refined grains
- ultra-processed red meats
But the good news is combatting the inflammation couldn’t be simpler. Start, of course, with eliminating that list of pro-inflammatory foods above from your diet. But then replace them with delicious inflammation-slashing ones.
Some recommended by the researchers include…
- green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and cabbage
- whole grains
- “yellow” vegetables such as bell peppers, pumpkin, beans, and carrots
- coffee (my favorite!)
And a second study adds one more DELICIOUS item to the list. One of my favorite snacks, walnuts.
After two years of eating a diet that included 30 to 60 grams of walnuts, folks had significantly reduced levels of body-wide inflammation compared to their peers who didn’t eat the walnuts. That’s about one to two small handfuls… or one to two ounces.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go grab a mug of coffee and a fistful of nuts. Care to join me in my inflammation-fighting snack?
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