Inflammation is a natural process in the body that helps it heal from injuries. If inflammation didn’t exist, infection even from a small wound could overwhelm the body and lead to serious illness or even death. However, researchers have come to believe that chronic inflammation leads to the most devastating of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
The problem with chronic inflammation is that the body believes it is under attack when it isn’t. It may even be under attack but the attacker, such as pollution, toxins or other stressors such as poor diet and lack of exercise, doesn’t go away. It is rather like gunning an engine when the car is in neutral. The white blood cells and other chemicals that are part of the body’s immune system are launched but have nothing to do. Because of this, they might turn on healthy cells and tissues.
There’s a chill in the air, and it’s time for some warm, rich, harvest meals. With so many of us watching our waistlines, how can we satisfy autumn tastes without putting on inches before the holidays even officially begin?
One way is to make sure that the carbs we eat are delicious, satisfying, and brimming with nutrients. Here are three simple recipes that satisfy without adding empty calories.
Autumn Lessons—The Need For Rest
We have lots of traditions about Autumn: a new school year, visiting fall foliage, pumpkins, honoring our ancestors and hometowns, football games, celebrating a good harvest, marking the beginning of the holiday season, and many more.
All these are wonderful things, and beloved traditions, but there is another aspect of Autumn, that of REST. At the end of the harvest, the fields are left fallow for the winter, to rest and restore nutrients for next year’s crops.
The Importance for Calcium and Magnesium for Bone Strength
Bone strength is something to protect and nourish, especially as we age. Osteoporosis, a disease defined as the loss of bone strength, can lead to bone fractures. Older folks are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to suffer from falls. And if a fall results in a hip fracture, or other major break, the long-term results can severely change one’s quality of life, due to the necessary limiting of physical activity that accompanies such an injury. Sometimes the elderly and infirm aren’t ever really able to recover. Even if a fracture is not so severe, deficiencies of calcium and magnesium can lead to chronic pain in the spine and back area, which may diminish the overall quality of life that older people experience. It is essential that we protect our bones, and nourish them well with good food, exercise, and supplementation, to enter into our aging process with strength and dignity.
Baraka Neti Pots – Dr. OZ and Oprah Approved
You may have heard about Neti Pots on TV. They’ve become more and more popular in recent years as more people realize how easy it can be to feel better and Breathe deeper!
Rinsing with a neti pot is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy recommended by many modern doctors for sinus relief. Traditionally, Neti was developed to enhance Yoga practice, facilitating deep breathing. Today, in addition to helping with allergies and sinus issues, regular use of Neti helps cleanse and protect nasal tissues from the many airborne pollutants we deal with every day.