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Harvard Report Provides Tips on Bullying Chronic Inflammation

September 26, 2022 by Dan McCue
(Harvard Medical School photo)

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.

Dan can be reached at dan@thewellnews.com and at https://twitter.com/DanMcCue.

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