Inflammation should not be your constant companion.

A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is instrumental in determining the amount of inflammation hiding inside you.

Recent studies found people with a high CRP level have a much higher chance of developing diabetes and obesity, dementia, arthritis, autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and heart disease.

Two Types of Inflammation: Acute vs. Chronic

Inflammation is usually either acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation results from infection or trauma.  Acute inflammation may look like a sore throat, a rash, or a sprain.

With certain ailments, like allergies, autoimmune disease, or asthma, chronic inflammation can break a person down physically. Illness and rapid aging often result.

Warning: A CRP level that reads higher than one reveals that you have hidden inflammation.

Target these Inflammatory Perpetrators.

Do all that you can to minimize these troublemakers:

  • ·       A diet of sweetened, processed foods

  • ·       Inflammatory processed fats (vegetable oils and trans fats)

  • ·       Lack of exercise

  • ·       Stress

  • ·       Food allergies and sensitivities

  • ·    Hidden, persistent infections

  • ·    Mold and other environmental allergens

  • ·     Environmental toxin overload

Take Action Against Inflammation

Reversing inflammation is a great first step to reduce disease, facilitate weight loss, and help you feel your best. Try these eight strategies to balance your inflammation levels:

1.    Eat real food. Sugar raises insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Eat a high fiber, plant-based, whole foods diet.

2.   Make an oil change. Increase healthy fats by ingesting olive oil, nuts, avocados and omega-3 fats from small fish. Use a fish oil supplement if fish isn’t a staple meal every week.

3.   Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise 30 minutes, five times a week is a great place to start. Then move up to interval training and weight resistance.

4.   Actively relax.  Engage your vagus through meditation, breathing exercises, or yoga help reduce inflammation and stress.

5.   Address food allergies and sensitivities.  Eliminate commonly reactive foods like soy, gluten, and dairy.

6.   Take probiotics.  Probiotic supplements reduce intestinal inflammation and improve digestion.

7.   Address nutrient deficiencies. Covers any nutritional gaps with high-quality multivitamin/multi-minerals.

8.   Spice it up. Turmeric, ginger, rosemary and garlic naturally reduce inflammation.

Read the full article here: This Simple Blood Test Could Save Your Life! | Mark Hyman, MD