Fighting Silent Inflammation with Diet & Nutrition

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: You can do a lot through diet to reduce your inflammation and lower your risk of disease and early death.
Air Date: 11/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Michael T. Murray, ND
Michael-MurrayDr. Michael Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Science and Innovation.

He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Through his work with leading companies like Natural Factors, Dr. Murray has been instrumental in bringing many effective natural products to North America, including: Theracurmin, St. John’s wort extract, ginkgo biloba extract, glucosamine sulfate, Silymarin (milk thistle extract), enteric coated peppermint oil, saw palmetto berry extract, PGX, and PharmaGABA.
Fighting Silent Inflammation with Diet & Nutrition
Inflammation is a huge health issue in today's world, especially because it can lead to so many deadly chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Silent inflammation occurs when you don't have typical symptoms or a diagnosis of a disease, but your body is still harboring the potential.

According to Dr. Michael T. Murray, you can do a lot through diet to reduce your inflammation and lower your risk of disease and early death.

For instance, sugar increases inflammation, as do the "wrong kind" of fats (saturated, omega-6, cholesterol). 

On the other hand, richly colored fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are essential for reducing inflammation. Omega-3 fish oils and monounsaturated fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds) are also beneficial for fighting inflammation.

A hot supplement in the natural health world is curcumin (turmeric). Research suggests there is great promise for this being a safe and effective alternative to NSAIDs.

Theracurmin is an advanced form of curcumin; it is more bio-available and better absorbed by your body.

What other supplements does Dr. Murray advise?

His top three include a high-potent multivitamin, extra vitamin D3 (2000-5000 IU/day), and a good pharmaceutical grade grade fish oil.

You can also request a C-reactive protein blood test, which is a strong predictor of those chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes). 

And, finally, remember that anytime your waist is larger than your hips, you're at a higher risk for inflammation. While supplements can help lower inflammation, you also need to control your weight and eat healthy, whole foods.

Listen in as Dr. Murray joins host Lisa Davis to share more about the importance of diet and nutrition in reducing inflammation and lowering your risk for common chronic diseases.
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