Here are some simple recommendations to reduce inflammation:
- Take B vitamins. They will help reduce homocysteine levels in your blood. This amino acid can stop your blood vessels from dilating properly. When your blood vessels constrict, it increases your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.
- I tell my patients to exercise five times a week, if they can. But even moderate workouts can help lower C-reactive protein – a key indicator of inflammation – by 30 percent.12
- Keep your gums healthy. Diseased gums cause inflammation.13 So brush and floss at least twice a day.
- Reach for foods high in vitamin C: Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons all have high amounts of this inflammation fighter. Red peppers are another good source. Supplementing with extra vitamin C is also a good idea.
- Eat your greens: They contain loads of magnesium, a natural inflammation fighter. I also recommend heaping helpings of kale, Be sure to buy organic. if you can, because modern agricultural methods have reduced the nutritional value of many vegetables.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD