Lowering Inflammation 

Lowering Inflammation, Optimal Aging

When asked about inflammation, most people in the general public will understand about athletic injuries, overuse injuries, and the inevitable wear and tear which occurs as a result of the natural aging process. What most people do not understand is that there is a more insidious and dangerous inflammatory process that develops as we age that we are probably not even aware that is going on. This chronic, systemic inflammatory process is increasingly being shown by researchers to either outright cause chronic, degenerative diseases – or at least be a major contributor to these disease processes.


Some of these chronic, degenerative diseases that have been shown to have an inflammation component as part of their development include: 

  • Arthritis

  • Heart Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Digestive System Diseases (such as Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS)

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s

  • Allergies

  • Cancer

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Hypothyroid

  • Pancreatitis

  • Lupus

  • Stroke

  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)

  • Psoriasis

  • Surgical Complications

  • Rapid (Fast) Aging

Inflammation, part of a healthy immune system

We need to have a healthy inflammation as a short term response as part of our immune system to be able to deal with ongoing assault from invaders such as bacteria and viruses as well as a response to trauma, allergies and infection. The inflammation process becomes a problem when it is not a short term response, but rather does not switch off when the immediate crisis is resolved that can lead to problems.

Are you inflammed?

Here is a short list of symptoms that arise with the development of chronic inflammation which may give you some indication if inflammation may be becoming a health issue for you personally:

  • body aches and pains

  • congestion

  • frequent infections

  • diarrhea

  • dry eyes

  • indigestion

  • shortness of breath

  • skin outbreaks

  • swelling

  • stiffness

  • weight gain/obesity/stubborn midsection weight.

Lifestyle factors that can influence

inflammation levels

  • getting enough sleep

  • managing stress levels (especially cortisol)

  • being active

  • avoiding exposure to toxins or heavy metals 

  • eating a healthy diet (dietary choices can either contribute to inflammation, or keep it under check)

  • smoking / second hand smoke

  • prescription / non-prescription and recreational drugs

  • excessive alcohol consumption

Foods that increase inflammation

  • sugars

  • unhealthy fats

  • (non-organic) meats

  • pop

Supplements for Inflammation

Here is a (partial) list of ingredients commonly used in anti-inflammatory compounds:

  • ginger

  • boswellia

  • curcumin

  • rosemary

  • yucca

  • devil’s claw root

  • tart cherry

  • Holy basil

  • Cat’s claw

  • Green lipped mussel extract

  • Nopal (prickly pear cactus)

  • fish oils

  • enzymes such as bromelain, papain and serrapeptidase

There is an old saying which goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and this certainly applies to inflammation and chronic, degenerative disease. Don’t forget that the lifestyle choices you make today will influence your state of health – ten, twenty, thirty – or even more years from now!


References – Article assisted Rob Lamberton, B.Sc.

  • Life Extension Foundation Protocols (n.d.)


Retrieved from http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-146.shtml

  • Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP (n.d.)


What is chronic inflammation? Retrieved from:


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