The Inflammation Paradox

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Keeping up with the latest research on healthy aging from around the world is not for the faint of heart. But my team and I live for it. We sift through the claims, separating fact from fiction, to deliver science-based solutions and actionable health advice.

To help you decide what’s best for your needs, I created this 5-part Aging Well Series that reveals what you really need to know about aging well. 

Starting today, I’ll be covering the most common health challenges we face as we age through the lens of my more than two decades travelling the globe to discover natural health solutions backed by the latest anti-aging scientific research.

In Part 1, I cover the menacing root cause of most of the crushing age-related problems that weigh on us after age 50: chronic inflammation.

To treat the symptom, you must get to the source. And that’s why I want to kick this series off by revealing what you need to know about inflammation.

So, let’s get started helping you improve your health, stay active and age fearlessly.

The Inflammation Paradox: How Inflammation Can Be Both Healing and Make You Sicker and Age Faster

Do you want to know how rapidly you’re aging?

Aging well means maintaining the joys of youth—all-day energy, comfortable mobility, a sharp mind and a youthful outer glow…all the things that make you feel confident and help you stay active.

But inflammation poses the #1 threat to these markers, taking aim at your joints, heart, brain and skin…making you look and feel older than you are.

While out-of-control inflammation is certainly to be feared, having a healthy inflammatory response is actually a sign that your body is working how it should. The key is to know the difference, identify the threats and proactively neutralize them before they can accelerate aging. 

First, let’s define inflammation…

Your body is designed to protect itself against outside invaders, whether it be a virus, allergen or irritant. When your immune system detects a threat, it engages its army of white blood cells to eliminate that threat. Additionally, inflammation can help regenerate and heal tissue when it is damaged.

But sometimes, this inflammatory response can malfunction, such as when the body perceives a threat when there is none, and in an effort to eradicate the threat, your body launches a biological attack on healthy tissue. This case of mistaken identity is behind autoimmune conditions that affect joints, skin and blood sugar balance.

Whether it’s swelling at the site of a cut or destruction of heart or joint tissue, all are signs of inflammation. So it’s clear that not all inflammation is the same. 

Good inflammation vs bad inflammation

You may be surprised to think of inflammation as “good”. The paradox is that inflammation can be both healing and extremely damaging to your health, as this chart illustrates:

  Acute Chronic
Cause Harmful pathogens or injury Toxins or other pathogens that the body cannot breakdown causing cell damage or disruption to a healthy immune system response
Onset Almost Immediate Slowly build over time
Duration Short - a few hours to a few days Long-term - continuously builds slowly over years
Outcomes Most often the injury heals Gets progressively worse causing damage to vital organ and/or system functions

You’re likely familiar with acute inflammation, the short-term inflammation with symptoms you can see and feel, such as redness, swelling and discomfort. This type of inflammatory reaction is a good sign that your white blood cells are hard at work fending off threats.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation is the kind you want to avoid at all costs. An insidious form, chronic inflammation builds up over a long period of time as white blood cells work to attack a non-existing threat.

The dozens of small choices you make every day can either contribute to chronic inflammation or neutralize it. Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, prolonged stress and obesity, can trigger a multitude of chronic conditions impacting your heart, brain and joints, along with your immune system and digestive system, resulting in an accelerated aging process.   

The natural ways to address inflammation

As destructive as inflammation can be, nature itself offers a golden treasure for fighting harmful inflammation. Turmeric is a commonly used spice that reduces inflammatory markers, making it a popular supplement to help fight inflammation.*

The benefits of turmeric are due to its active ingredient, curcumin, which possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative characteristics.* Curcumin is especially recognized for being a “miracle worker” for joint health, acting on tissue to help reduce everyday aches and pains, and overall discomfort. [*][*Studies reveal it can actually boost mobility and range of motion, which are integral to helping you stay active and maintain your independence and overall quality of life as you age.

Resveratrol is another powerful nutraceutical that can help reduce ongoing silent inflammation—one of its many benefits.* Its active ingredient, trans-resveratrol, activates a specific protein in our bodies that helps shut down parts of the inflammatory process. Resveratrol is naturally found in plants and certain foods like grapes and berries.*

Several studies have explored the anti-inflammatory benefits of resveratrol and have found it to reduce common biomarkers used to measure inflammation. By reducing these markers, resveratrol has shown the ability to reduce overall inflammation in the body – including the inflammation that can cause joint or back pain.*

For optimal benefits against the ravages of aging, look for a premium-quality inflammation fighter that combines the active compounds in turmeric and resveratrol into one highly concentrated formula, such as NAOMI Turmeric+Resveratrol. It delivers 1,000 mg of turmeric standardized to a guaranteed potency of 95% curcuminoids plus 100 mg of active trans-resveratrol in each daily serving. And it is enhanced with Bioperine® black pepper extract to significantly improve absorption.  

Now that you understand a key cause of aging, be on the lookout over the next few weeks for Parts 2-5 of this Aging Well series. I’ll cover topics ranging from the truth about cholesterol to why maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin and hair is primarily an “inside job”.  

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