Your Health Detective: March 2019

  Since my life’s work focuses on inflammation, let’s now find out the effects of Dehydration on INFLAMMATION…

When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or the affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection and may result in redness and warmth. My research shows that there are primarily 11 ways you may be Unknowingly Causing or Accelerating Inflammation:

  1. You’re not drinking enough water.

When cells are deprived of this essential nutrient, cellular function slows down, nutrients are not delivered adequately, metabolism slows, and this can affect every organ in the body from your heart to your skin. A lack of adequate water intake can result in serious health conditions along with fatigue, foggy thinking, headaches, depression, joint pain, hunger, cravings, weight gain and much more. Wholistic principles recommend you drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water daily…EXAMPLE: If you weigh 180 lb. you need a minimum of 90 oz. of water daily. If you drink anything with caffeine, keep in mind that each cup (8 oz.) “sucks” two cups of water out of your body so you need to compensate by adding more water.

  1. You’re eating the wrong type of grains.

Choose whole gluten-free and low or no carb grains that have not been stripped of their fiber and nutrients. In contrast, grains that are refined and on the ingredient list labeled as ‘wheat’ or ‘wheat flour’ create an inflammatory response identical to sugar. Instead choose whole grains such as organic brown or black rice, teff, amaranth, or quinoa (which is the highest in protein and no carbs). In our “Anti-Inflammation Advantage” Cooking Institute, we only use flours that are very low, or no carb content made from Quinoa, Coconut, Almond – Hazelnut, Teff, Flax meal, Sunflower- Pumpkin seed flour, and some Plantain…click to continue reading…

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