Smart Ways to Avoid an Inflammatory Lifestyle


Do you often feel like you are running hot and about to boil over as you move from work to home and back again?

Just like your car, if you run too long and too fast without enough coolant and fuel (healthy breaks and good foods), you may boil over or break down.

Researchers says this is an inflammatory lifestyle

Many of us know it all too well as we eat on the run, work long hours, sleep less than we should, gulp coffee and eat too many fast foods and processed junk foods. Add a low intake of water and you have the perfect formula for chronic systemic inflammation, a key culprit in cardiovascular disease and a number of other chronic diseases. Inflammation and the free radical oxidative stress it causes are at the center of every chronic disease including cardiovascular, cancer, autoimmune diseases and infections. EasyHealth Options advises stress release and healthy foods to change the flow.

Change Everything with Stress Relief Practices

Before you simply boil over, take a look at your lifestyle and see where you can fit in some stress releasing runs, brisk walks, or yoga and Tai Chi Classes. After you start them you will wonder why you didn’t inject them sooner. Now everything makes more sense. You may feel calmer and work and family tasks tend to fall back into logical order.

If you opt for yoga you may find it can relax and energize your body. I discovered this about eight years ago as my yoga mat became a cool magic carpet. I would settle onto my mat, absorbing the routine. An hour later I would stroll off, smiling and confident. Then I realized I could do some individual yoga poses almost everywhere and the stress release value just got better and better.

Tai Chi is just as effective naturally increasing your energy levels while the flowing movements help you let go of your anxieties and feel more focused and grounded. Again, after an hour of Tai Chi, I always leave smiling and relaxed.

Put a Heart Healthy Diet to Work for You

Back up all of your new stress releasing techniques with a lot of fresh water and smart food picks like berries, carrots, spinach and broccoli. Or maybe your choices will be blueberries, asparagus and fresh corn. Whole fresh foods can increase antioxidant activity, improve your digestion, and deliver a healthy inflammation response and healthy glucose metabolism.

Add cold water oily fish, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds to help decrease inflammation, reduce heart disease risk and sharpen your brain.

Leaving the inflammatory lifestyle and crossing over to a less stressed existence can be pretty cool. You may actually find yourself smiling as you start the day and smiling again as you enjoy the evening. Adding just the right amount of stress releasing yoga, Tai Chi or brisk walks, backed up with a healthy whole food fresh diet changes everything.

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