You may be ageing gracefully but you may also be “inflammaging” gracefully. If you consider that we are all ageing, part of this process includes a chronic low grade level of inflammation that accompanies the ageing process. The cause of this is unknown and how it contributes to poor health outcomes is also unknown. The specialised cells called macrophages (think of them like sophisticated pac man garbage trucks) normally appropriately calibrate inflammation in order to heal and ensure resistance to infection. However, as we age the macrophage isn’t as good as turning ‘off’ the inflammation as it is at turning it ‘on’ hence a chronic picture emerges of “inflammation as we age” = inflammaging. Consider ways you can limit this by reviewing your diet with the help of a nutritionist and try introducing a daily shot of Akesi Bio-Fermented Turmeric with Ginger and Black Pepper.
Any diet section that starts with following: Easy choices, Harder choices and Experimental choices gets my attention. Have a look at Part 2 Lifestyle Choices for Radical Well-being in the book “Super Genes” by Deepak Chopra M.D. and Rudolph Tanzi Ph.D. The diet section is an easy straightforward read about the role of inflammation and diet. You can circle easy changes you want to start with and progress from there each week. What’s great about this list is that you will already be able to tick a few off like “share dessert in a restaurant” or “reduce snacking by eating only one measured portion in a bowl – don’t eat from the bag.” What’s more there are equivalent lists for Stress, Exercise, Meditation, Sleep and Emotions. A fabulous book to dip in and out of.
“The microbiome helps regulate immunity, and it also produces chemical by-products during the digestive process that reduce inflammation. More and more evidence is mounting that links inflammation to a host of disorders, including heart disease, hypertension and various cancers. Reducing the diversity of the gut’s ecology could be steadily ruining our health.” by Deepak Chopra M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D. “Super Genes”