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Inflammation--The Newest Discovery Related to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Disease
Odds are that inflammation is affecting you right now.
Inflammation is huge. Consumer Reports on Health's January 2007 issue headlines that inflammation, either local or bodywide, may be an underlying factor in most all major diseases.
What does this mean for you, and what can you do about it?
First of all, chronic inflammation can increase your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, and cancer. Lingering inflammation is also linked to fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.
This inflammation is part of an immune system response that heats up an area, causing swelling and redness. Inflammation is healthy in the short term, like for healing a cut or preventing an infection, but long-term swelling leads to less circulation and more problems.
It's true that losing weight, exercising, drinking tea, and eating whole grains will help lower the chronic inflammation in your body.
Some traditional medical circles are now recommending statin drugs (drugs that are designed to lower cholesterol) to help decrease inflammation. I say this is a bad idea, because there are some serious side effects to these drugs.
A natural way to decrease bodywide inflammation is through EPA. You cannot find EPA in oils from a vegetable source. (The body is capable of creating EPA from some vegetable sources, but this process is often inhibited by poor choices for oils.) EPA is only found in fish oil, but it is buyer beware when purchasing supplements.
Here are a few tips:
- Purity is important or you can wind up adding heavy metals to your system, which will only cause you more problems health-wise. Purchase supplements only from a reputable brand that processes in a pharmaceutical grade factory using deep-water ocean fish. (The FDA does not regulate supplements, so basically, claims of content on the label do not need to be proven--or even truthful.)
- EPA level is the anti-inflammatory factor. This should be a minimum of 200-300 mg per serving. I use one that is 545mg per serving.
- DHA is the brain food part of fish oils, also important for keeping your brain strong. The label should also list the level of DHA in the supplement.
- AKG's are found in shark oil--the product that I've found that goes one step beyond fish oil. The alkylglycerols found in shark oil are the same immune system boosters found in a mother's breast milk that jump-start a baby's immune system. This is why I've switched from fish oil to shark oil.
You can check out shark oil here at www.Seabiotics.com/anita130. Or just visit www.Seabiotics.com and when prompted, enter anita130. I have one client who began a supplement program and really felt a decrease in her pain when she added the shark liver oil.
For anyone on a budget, I recommend this essential oil, that most of us are not getting in our diet, first. Even if you eat deep-water wild fish twice a week, it is not enough. If you eat fish 3 times/day, like in Norway or Japan, you won't need to supplement.
Therapeutic doses (3 Tablespoons/day) of the pharmaceutical grade shark liver oil, recommended when beginning a nutritional program, will equal about 30 capsules of a high quality fish oil.
For most of us, it is unrealistic to take 30 capsules/day of one supplement. But it is more economical, relatively easy, and more readily absorbed when you take the shark liver oil found in the Alkyl Transfactor by Seabiotics.
Getting the right nutrition is half the battle of fibromyalgia. The other half is the lifestyle choices you make every day, all day long.
This is where my health coaching comes in.
*Ever hear yourself saying, "I'll start my diet tomorrow." And tomorrow never comes?
*Do you exercise for a week or two and then "life gets in the way" and all of a sudden it is 2 months since you exercised?
*Do you find yourself wanting to feel better, but not wanting to change any daily routines you have now?
*Is it your way to take care of everyone else before taking care of yourself--until you crash?
*Does it seem impossible to stop your sugar cravings and have a natural supply of energy?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, take a step in the right direction by joining me for a free teleclass where you will make a visual recovery plan for reducing your pain and living free of fibromyalgia.
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