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Reduce the Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation through Holistic Lifestyle Choices
By Kelly Haywiser

Are you experiencing bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, joint pain, sinus troubles, skin conditions, or craving certain foods to name a few? Are you dealing with illnesses related to chronic inflammation? Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBS, Crohn's disease… It could be your lifestyle choices!

"Acute inflammation is our body's normal and healthy response to injury; but chronic, low-level inflammation at the cellular level develops without pain and can lead to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease." -Andrew Weil's Reducing Whole Body Inflammation.

By practicing some easy holistic lifestyle choices; you should begin to reap the benefits:

  • Diet – Consider an "anti-inflammatory diet" consisting of healthy fruits, vegetables, fats, and wild-caught salmon. These foods are typical of the Mediterranean Diet. A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the diet can reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by 30%.
  • Movement – Low-impact exercising 3-5 days per week for at least 30 minutes each day helps to reduce excess weight, the likelihood of chronic illness, and builds overall wellness.
  • Stress – Consider practicing yoga, meditation or conscious mindful exercises to reduce stress at the workplace, in relationships and in your personal life.
  • Supplements – Get your daily requirements by considering co-enzymes Q10, Vitamin D3 and molecularly distilled fish oil.
  • Massage/Bodywork – Massage helps reduce inflammation and promotes growth of new mitochondria following strenuous exercise. Reduce stress with Massage, Reflexology or even energy therapies such as; Reiki.

Therapeutic Essential Oil – Effective anti-inflammatory agent oils high in carvacrol like oregano, thyme, or frankincense may be considered, "A clinical assessment is the only way to determine if you suffer from inflammation. If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above; it is more likely you have low-grade inflammation, says Mark Hyman, MD, author of The UltraSimple Diet (Pocket Books, 2007)."

Start making small behavior modifications in your lifestyle by replacing current habits. Take them one step at a time. If you need motivation and encouragement; consider working with a trained nutrition or wellness coach to incorporate holistic lifestyle changes TODAY. Do Not Let Chronic Inflammation Control Your Life!

Please feel free to contact Dr. Wasel at (724) 225-8995 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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