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Health Anti-Inflammation

Health Anti-Inflammation

Health Anti-Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s vital natural defense system, protecting us from threats such as illness and injury. However, too much can be catastrophic. This special edition of Health explores the root causes and effects of inflammation, including a roadmap to inflammation, the connection to weight management, and anti-inflammatory exercises and meals for any day of the week.

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Meredith Corporation
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3 minutos
the genetic link

THERE IS A STRONG interrelationship between how our cells function, how our genes are expressed, our environment, our microbiome, inflammation and chronic disease. Cells—trillions of them—are the building blocks of each and every one of us as living organisms. What keeps our cells functioning appropriately (i.e. preventing disease) is providing them with the proper nutrients and avoiding insults from toxins in our environment. Our cells also contain our individual genetic makeup, or DNA. We are all individuals, made up of unique sets of genes and characteristics. What makes each of us even more distinctive is that our diet, lifestyle, and environment can combine to determine whether our genes manifest into good health or poor. To some degree, we’re able to choose to create a body that is either disease resistant or inflammation prone. Your…

7 minutos
the best anti-inflammatory foods

IF YOU THINK inflammation is just another buzzy health term, think again. It’s been linked to a broad range of bodily issues, from acne and skin redness to allergies to autoimmune diseases—and, unsurprisingly, diet plays a huge role in both fighting and preventing it. We’re not talking about acute inflammation, such as a bit of swelling after an injury or redness from a scrape. “This kind of inflammation we don’t need to worry much about,” says Frank Lipman, MD, best-selling author and founder of Be Well and the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. “Chronic inflammation is considerably more worrisome, and there aren’t necessarily any visible signs that let you know it’s happening.” In addition to avoiding common inflammatory foods and not ignoring warning signs from your body (like…

3 minutos
hard core

FORGET SIX-PACK abs—a strong core isn’t about aesthetics. “Your core is literally your foundation,” says Raven Jelks (pictured), an ACE-certified trainer at Solidcore in New York City. Not only is it the center point around which your entire body moves, but it’s also one of the most supportive areas. “When your core is weak, you’re more at risk for injuries, especially in your back,” Jelks explains. Solidcore’s high-intensity, low-impact resistance classes are all about developing that functional core strength through slow, controlled movements that keep your muscles under tension, which recruits and strengthens extra muscle fibers, says Jelks. Yes, it’s hard (really hard). And your body will start to shake. But fight to finish the rep! “You want to get to that stage of muscle failure,” says Jelks. Failure is a…

8 minutos
anti-inflammatories: a user’s guide

YOU GO FOR a run and your knee acts up. The weather shifts and your head starts to pound. Chances are, you reach for Advil or another anti-inflammatory medication to feel better, fast. You’re not alone: Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories—particularly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil and Aleve—in record numbers. The OTC pain-medication market is an estimated $19 billion industry. We turn to these pharmaceutical fixes for relief from everyday aches as well as from chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases, gout, and migraines. What you may not realize is these remedies work by easing our symptoms but they do not cure the root causes of inflammation. Understanding how they do their thing and what are the best ways to use them will help you get all the…

4 minutos
a balanced body

INFLAMMATION WAS NOT the word of 2020—several others come to mind, and none would suffice—but it certainly had a place in the conversation. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the powerful link between our body’s inflammatory response and our health. Scientists have spent decades unraveling the mystery of inflammation—how it can help us, and when and why it brings pain and illness. At its root, inflammation serves a critical purpose. “Inflammation is an essential part of the regeneration and healing process in the body,” says Amir Nobakht, MD, an osteoarthritis researcher in Lancaster, California. “It’s when that initial inflammation goes unchecked and proceeds longer than is intended that we get the destructive effects.” This sets people up for health problems. “Chronic low-level inflammation is the underlying cause of weight gain, early development of various…

5 minutos
take advantage of post-workout inflammation

INFLAMMATION IS ONE of the hottest health topics these days. But until recently the focus was solely on the damage it causes. As it turns out, that’s not the whole story. Researchers have discovered that inflammation can also make us healthier. It has powerful healing effects and is a critical component of the immune system, says Joanne Donoghue, PhD, an exercise physiologist at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. You need inflammation to generate muscle, heal from injuries, and even power through a tough day. The way it works is this: “Whenever you strength-train or do cardiovascular exercise, you’re creating mini-traumas in your muscles,” Donoghue says. That triggers inflammation, which prompts the release of chemicals and hormones to repair the affected tissue and leads to stronger…