We recently asked our own medical expert Dr. Melina Jampolis to discuss for our readers the role of inflammation in our bodies and how an anti-inflamatory diet improves health. In her own words, she says that inflammation may be one of the hottest topics in health today, and for good reason. It’s at the root of just about every disease. How you live your life (i.e. couch potato), your environment (i.e. airborne pollutants) and what you eat determine your risk of developing inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s response to stress. Failure to take care of your body increases the stress and, consequently, inflammation. Over time this can lead to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even memory decline, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. Plus, you may age faster.
In her keynote address on Improving Health, Increasing Vitality and Living Longer, she provides a handout that outlines her “10 Guidelines to Reducing Your Risk of Inflammation.” Included in the guidelines is the role anti-oxidants play in disease prevention. Dr. Melina encourages eating anti-oxidant rich foods including ‘superfoods’ like green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, and curry powder. She also supports adding an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your daily health regimen. Invite Dr. Melina to your next event.