As we age we accumulate more and more free radicals in our bodies, and we tend to suffer from more inflammation. The very process of aging is caused by free radicals oxidising our cells.
Inflammation is known as the precursor to diseases such as arthritis, gastritis, dermatitis. While we can’t stop the aging process (yet), we can take steps to slow it down – i.e. to slow down oxidation and decrease inflammation in our bodies.
This in turn will help us to not only live longer but also to live a better quality life that is disease free for longer. You’ve no doubt heard about antioxidants – the term is thrown around very often and it is true – antioxidants are a great way to protect your body from free radicals and inflammation.
Some of the most powerful antioxidants are
- Vitamin C
- Co Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol)
Some of the most powerful anti-inflammatories are
- Omega 3
Although many of us know the basics, we seldom take the necessary steps to either detect deficiencies or to prevent the unpleasant ‘side effects’ of ageing. We have no excuses for not taking action – technology and the tests available to us today are the best that have ever existed.
What you can do to take control of your inflamation and to ensure that you live longer and disease free?
- It is very important that you check the levels of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 in your blood. We typically have insufficient Omega 3 in our diets, and Omega 3 is the most beneficial for cellular health and repair. To get the best anti-inflammatory results from your Omega 3 supplementation you must make sure the supplements you’re taking are a high dose and enteric coated. This will triple the absorption of Omega 3 in your bowels. Also to maintain optimal brain function you should be taking around 3 grams per day. To keep a good healthy heart you should take more than 5 grams a day.It has also been established that for brain dysfunctions such as dementia, more than 10 grams a day will make dramatic improvements.
- Test for the overall inflammation in your body by asking your doctor to run a CRP (C-Reactive Protein) high sensitivity blood test (or [inflammatory marker test). Your results should be less than 1. If your CRP test results are higher than 1 – you need to further investigate what’s causing the inflammation.Typically, when we find higher than normal inflammation in our patients, we look at the main cause of high levels of the CRP – inflammation of the gums. We would also test that person’s hormone (Testosterone, HGH and Thyroid) levels to decide on an appropriate bioidentical hormone treatment for them, as bioidentical hormones are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Finally, start supplementing with good quality Vitamin C and Co Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol) and try to incorporate Turmeric into your diet or take a good quality Turmeric supplement. Take them every day and you will start to see dramatic differences in the way you feel and the way you look.
Of course if you’re serious about taking steps to slow down the ageing process, and reducing inflammation, you need a holistic approach and an experienced hand to guide you.
There are a multitude of factors that can help or hinder your efforts. That’s why here at Long Life Clinic we want to educate you and help you live longer and disease free.