Inflammation is a Pain in More Ways Than One

Take a quick scan of some leading health and wellness sites like Mind Body Green, and there's a good chance you'll see the word "inflammation" somewhere on the front page. It's the health buzz word of the moment, and in the headlines, it's always bad news.

But like all bodily functions, inflammation is merely the body's response to an event. For example, when you break your arm or pull your back, what happens? Your arm or back swells up. That's the body's response to try to protect the injured spot. It's like your body's version of bubble wrap! This is what we call acute inflammation, and once your injury begins to heal, the inflammation dissipates.

Chronic inflammation, however, is an over-reaction. And this is the type of inflammation that's bad news. Basically, your body is in a constant emergency mode, trying to protect and heal an injury or disease that may not actually be there. And as a result, chronic inflammation itself has been linked to a huge number of diseases, including cancer, thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, and even dental decay.

How can you suspect inflammation in your body?

• Do you have puffy bags and/or dark circles under your eyes?
• Do you have trouble getting rings off at the end of the day?
• Do you have fat accumulating around your lower back and hanging over your pants?
• Do you feel dehydrated, even though you keep drinking water?

Inflammation can also stall weight loss in a big way. And it's such an important issue, I have an arsenal of tips and plans you can use to reduce inflammation, relax your hormones, regain your immunity and start losing weight again.

So, what can you do? You can eat! This article includes food suggestions to reduce inflammation in the body. You can also do the I-Burn, from my book The Burn. The I-Burn program includes specific recipes and meal maps designed to soothe the body and reduce inflammation. And with my clients, I often include the Metabolism Shake you can use on the I-Burn, or as part of your normal healthy diet. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients like quercetin, rutin, turmeric, and pomegranate, in addition to a variety of super greens, including spirulina, spinach and kale.