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How to Live Longer and Stay Healthier

Date :May 20,2013
By : Victory

Healthcare has been a point of bitter contention, not only between Republicans and Democrats, but also between conservatives and liberals, young and old, and many different demographics throughout the voting population over the last few years. Although no one can seem to agree on a solution, everybody seems able to agree on one thing: The cost of health care is way too high.

The United States spends 17.6 percent of our Gross Domestic Product – that’s the total value in U.S. dollars of all goods and services that we produce as a nation over the course of a year – on medical care, or $8,233 per person. That’s almost twice the amount of the rest of the industrialized world.

We’re also some of the fattest people on the planet! Some 35.7 percent of adults in the U.S. are considered obese, and 8.3 percent of the population has diabetes, most of them type 2 diabetes. Often referred to as “insulin-resistant,” type 2 diabetes usually develops as a result of the body’s over-production of insulin in response to a chronic high sugar diet. Researchers have also discovered that the body produces its own glucose in response to stress brought on by inflammation, which may be another major culprit in the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Chronic Inflammation

In fact, chronic inflammation is emerging as a major player in many different types of diseases. Inflammation is our body’s protective response to injury, infection or any sort of foreign pathogens, and causes an increase in blood flow to affected tissues, which in turn leak plasma proteins into surrounding tissues causing the swelling that we experience.

Although inflammation is a natural and normally temporary response, more and more people are living in a state of chronic inflammation due to the many environmental insults bombarding our bodies on a daily basis, from pollution and cigarette smoke to dietary “additives” in our fast food and even household cleansers and detergents.

Chronic inflammation can damage the lining of our blood vessels, which in turns leads to high cholesterol along with coronary heart disease, stroke and other related conditions. As mentioned, chronic inflammation has also been linked to diabetes as well as obesity.

Chronic inflammation may also cause asthma, arthritis and a number of digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome. While some can trace their irritants to singular sources, such as a sensitivity to gluten, for most of us it is a confluence of antagonists, such as refined sugar, fats from farm animals raised on chemically treated grain and hormones, and a number of other assailants too numerous to count.

Toxins Found in Animal Fat

Most animals store their toxins in their fat cells, so eating any sort of animal fat is likely to give you a noxious dose of whatever toxins that animal has been exposed to during its lifetime, which is likely a powerful inflammation-causing dietary source.

If all of this information doesn’t drive you straight to the organic aisle, it should. The only cure for chronic inflammation is to remove the sources. All fruit and vegetables should be scrubbed and peeled before eating, and any meat sources should come from organic farms.

Use a minimum of cleaning ingredients when doing housework, and consider filling a spray bottle with vinegar and water in lieu of glass and surface cleaner. Change the filters on your home heating and cooling system regularly and if you smoke, quit. Tobacco is one of the most pesticide-contaminated plants grown in the country, and the leaves are then dried and processed into cigarettes, laced with tar and other noxious additives, and then you burn it and inhale the smoke! Think about it!

Until you are able to quit, at least consider switching to a smokeless electronic cigarette, for the health of those around you as well as yourself. Follow these guidelines to reduce your body’s chronic inflammation response and you’ll be well on your way to living a long and healthy life!

Victory Lean is a writer at Dicigs – an Electronic Cigarette showcase. She likes to share lifestyle tips and advices for healthy living.