Harvard Report Provides Tips on Bullying Chronic Inflammation
BOSTON — A new report from Harvard Medical School offers practical advice on how to deal with chronic, low-grade inflammation, an ailment that contributes to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions.
Currently, about three out of five people around the world die from a disease linked to inflammation each year. The key, the medical school’s experts say, is to get ahead of it before it has a chance to compromise one’s health.
Among the evidence-based strategies they recommend are:
- Eat to beat inflammation. Harvard experts warn that many “anti-inflammatory diets” are not grounded in science. The report lays out the three best diet choices — plus essential food “do’s and don’ts” to help suppress inflammation levels.
- Get moving! Fighting inflammation reveals how much aerobic exercise (surprisingly little!) it takes to lower inflammation levels — and how too much exercise may actually provoke an inflammatory response.
- Manage your weight. Discover the simple strategies to help you zero in on reducing abdominal fat — the kind that produces pro-inflammatory chemicals. For example, you’ll learn surprising no-pain secrets to help reduce sugar in your diet.
- Get enough sleep.
- Stop smoking. Kicking the habit can result in a dramatic reduction in inflammation levels within just a few weeks, experts say.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Conquering chronic stress. Chronic stress can spark the development of inflammation and cause flare-ups of problems like rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, depression and inflammatory bowel disease.
Print or digital copies of the report can be ordered here.