Arthritis, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, and Cancer all have a common link.  I’ll give you three guesses what that link is and the first two don’t count.  You are right!   It is inflammation.  Inflammation is your body’s response to stress, be it from your diet, your lifestyle or environment.

When you are trying to put together some Health Insurance Quotes and are shopping around for Medical Insurance no one is going to ask you if you suffer from inflammation.  The Medical Insurance carrier you are thinking about going with will not have any questions about inflammation on the Medical Insurance health application.  What the Medical Insurance providers do care about, however, are the problems associated with inflammation like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.  Another concern for Medical Insurance providers is the drugs used to treat these diseases.  Pain medication can be especially damaging.  It can cause addiction, depression and have harmful effects on other organs in your body like your li ver and kidneys.  And for those of you who care about premature aging, inflammation can be the cause of lines and wrinkles you’d rather not see.  Most, if not all, individual and group Medical Insurance plans do not pay for cosmetic surgery due to aging.

What needs to be done to control inflammation in the body?  Bodyecology.com has some pretty good ideas.  “Think of what happens when you catch a cold.  You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.  Body Ecology believes that one of the main causes of inflammation is low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and the gastro-intestinal tract.”  Body Ecology goes on to list the lasting effects of inflammation:

  • Visible signs of aging like wrinkles
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

You might not hear this from your doctor, and unless you are on Medicare, it’s pretty difficult to get an individual Medical Insurance carrier to pay for nutrition counseling but maybe they might re-think that at some point.  Healthy-eating-politics.com has some recommendations to cut down on inflammation with your diet.  Here are a few of them:

  • Foods that reduce inflammation are eggs, free range chickens, grass fed beef, cold pressed, organic olive oil and dark chocolate.
  • Foods that increase inflammation are: vegetable oils, margarine, fried foods in vegetable oils, all sugars, whole grains and wheat gluten, beans and legumes such as peanuts.  Nightshade vegetables can be inflammatory for some people.  The include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers.

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