When you cut your finger and it turns red or twist your ankle and it swells, it’s easy to identify inflammation. Without such obvious indicators, you may think you’re free of inflammation. But you may be wrong.
You can feel pretty healthy and live an active lifestyle and still have chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. If that sounds worrisome, that’s because it is. As we age, chronic, low-level inflammation shows up in ways that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening: It’s thought to play a role in heart attacks, diabetes, some cancers, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. It is tied to IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
None of that is pretty, and even if you’re thinking, But I feel fine, according to Dr. Simone Laubscher, Ph.D., there is a simple supplement you can take to reduce inflammation and avoid its deleterious effects.
Acid Causes Inflammation
Dr. Laubscher worked with supermodel Elle Macpherson to create SUPER ELIXIR, and she says that acid in the body leads to inflammation. Fatigue, reduced concentration, weight gain, food cravings, mood swings, headaches, hormonal imbalances, skin problems, and aches and pains are all early signs of chronic, low-level inflammation. “Our bodies were designed to function at an alkaline state. Not too acidic and not too alkaline, ideally at a pH (which means potential hydrogen) of 7.365. We are each unique, and each individual can turn more or less acidic from the same level toxin,” Laubscher explains.
The One Easy Thing You Can Do
When you consider that acid can dissolve metal, you don’t have to think hard about what it can do to your skin, bones, and other tissues. Sugar, gluten, coffee, dairy products, alcohol, meat and eggs, artificial sweeteners, and highly processed foods like cereal and chips form acid in the body as they are metabolized. A diet full of those foods can lead to a decline in bone density, cause kidney stones, contribute to chronic pain, and alter hormone levels.
On the other side of the coin: alkalizing foods such as whole fruits and vegetables, plant-based proteins. The alkalizing formula of WelleCo’s SUPER ELIXIR, which mixes with water to create a crave-worthy green drink, contains barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, spinach, and spirulina. It also contains turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties. When that balance is achieved, cells function properly and — voila! — inflammation subsides.
Lifestyle Changes Help, Too
What else can you do to reduce inflammation?
If you smoke. Stop. Smoking absolutely inflames the tissues of the body. If you’re chronically sleep deprived, make a pledge to change that. Research shows that when even healthy people are not well-rested, they have more whole-body inflammation. And if you know you’re constantly stressed, begin to work yoga and meditation into your life. Stress increases the hormone cortisol, which increases inflammation.
As with nearly all things physiological and psychological, how often you exercise and what you eat influence inflammation. Food is so important in the inflammatory process that there’s something called an “anti-inflammatory diet.” It emphasizes whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, fish and seafood; and it aims to balance the amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the body.
But even if you don’t change another thing about your lifestyle or diet, using WelleCo’s SUPER ELIXIR greens powder once a day helps reduce inflammation by restoring a healthy pH balance in the body.
What does an absence of inflammation look and feel like? “Expect to crave less carbs and less sugar. Your skin will be clearer. You may lose weight and have more energy,” Dr. Laubscher says. “You’ll have a better tummy and less bloating. Overall it feels like you’ve got your bounce back!”
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