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Preventing & Managing Your Body's Inflammation

Focus of this presentation presented to a hospital wellness group delineates how positive mindset and healthy habits can positively impact behaviors in order to promote wellbeing.

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Preventing & Managing Your Body's Inflammation

  1. 1. Preventing and Managing Your Body’s Chronic Inflammation for Health & Wellness By: Lydia Wisz, ACE Certified Health Coach, Behavior Change Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor
  2. 2. Two types of Inflammation:  Acute: The body’s natural response to an injury such as a broken leg or a burned hand.  Initial pain exists as a protection mechanism from further injury. EX: Removing one’s hand from a hot stove.  Chronic: This inflammation – has become more commonplace and contributes to many causes of death that we commonly see today.
  3. 3. Today’s Scope of discussion:  Chronic inflammation: What it is? What causes it? What can you do about it?
  4. 4. Chronic Inflammation is…  Low-grade, frequently has no symptoms and can last for weeks, months or even years.  Chronic pain actually becomes a disease over time.  Examples of chronic pain are diabetes and cancer.
  5. 5. Chronic Illnesses  Often preventable and frequently manageable
  6. 6. Potential Sources of Inflammation
  7. 7. Quality zzz’s  Sleep can have a major effect on inflammation in the body.
  8. 8. Quality zzz’s: Sleep gets overlooked as a source of inflammation  Poor sleep has been strongly linked to long-term inflammation of the digestive tract such as inflammatory bowel diseases.
  9. 9. Other Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health  Gut Health: IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease  Rheumatoid Arthritis: Also linked to smoking, lack of vitamin D and more.  Heart Disease: Link to Obesity and unhealthy eating contribute to inflammation and fatty plaque in arteries affecting heart.  Higher Risk of Cancer  Respiratory Issues: Inflammation in lungs can cause accumulation of fluid and narrowing of the airways leading to asthma, infections and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
  10. 10. Other Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health  Inflammation of the mouth is reflected in the outcome of Periodontitis (inflammation of the gums).  Weight loss difficulties: Inflammation can slow metabolism, increase insulin resistance,  Bone Growth Interference  Skin Issues: Psoriasis (Immune System causes cells to grow too quickly) Also, may lead to more wrinkles.  Chronic Inflammation is linked to Depression.
  11. 11. Prevention and Management include:  Eating to reduce inflammation:  Quality Sleep; sleeping 7-8 hours.  Regular physical activity (natural & powerful anti- inflammatory medicine)  Environmental factors (Blue Zones, living longer and better)
  12. 12. Anti- Inflammatory Foods  They include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices.
  13. 13. Environmental Factors Affecting Inflammation  Blue Zones: Dan Buettner
  14. 14. It’s All About Moderation…  Global Checkup: Most people living longer, but sicker (National Geographic News)  “Quality of life is fundamentally a public health issue”. (CDC)  “A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession”. (Hippocrates)
  15. 15. Wellness: The Anti-Inflammatory Mindset From a wellness standpoint – How can we apply moderation to all facets of life?  Prescribe & Treat: But, what about behavioral compliance?  Educate & Implore: Great, but not enough – what to do?  Advocate & Inspire: Guide, Assess Client Readiness to Change.
  16. 16. Healthy Mindset Can Help to Manage Your Body’s Inflammation
  17. 17. Wellness is a process…
  18. 18. Create a Key- Stone Habit  Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits. They start a chain effect in your life that produces a number of positive outcomes.
  19. 19. A few Anti- Inflammatory Recipes by Rebecca Katz and Wisz-dom in Wellness  Curried Butternut Squash Soup  Chicken Tortilla Soup  Lemon, Garlic and Pistachio Hummus  Kerala-Style Beef Stew  The Benefits of Ginger: Stone-Fruit Slaw  Berry Cobbler Recipe
  20. 20. Helpful Resources The Power of Habit By: Charles Duhigg Thrive: Finding Happiness The Blue Zones Way By: Dan Buettner Healing Spices By: Bharat B. Aggarwal, PHD The Longevity Kitchen By: Rebecca Katz & Mat Edelson Internet Search: 13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health By: Amanda MacMillan Internet Search: Chronic Disease: Notes & Reports By: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change (Second Edition) By: Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC, CWP Gerentology: Obesity, Inflammation and Insulin Resistance By: External Sources: PubMed/Medline Wisz-dom in Wellness By: Lydia Wisz: Wellness Blog