Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire

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by Tina Van Horn, Director of Research and Business Development at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company

Register now for Tina’s next live webinar “Keeping Kids Healthy in a Fast Food World” this Wednesday, October 21, at noon Central.

ACUTE INFLAMMATION: THE QUICK FIX

Acute inflammation is your body’s reaction to something foreign, such as viruses, bacteria, allergens and trauma. When the foreign invader is no longer a threat, the inflammatory response should return to its healthy state: ready but not active.

Acute inflammation is an important immune response that protects you from infection and repairs tissues following injury. In most cases it is short-lived because the stimulus that triggered its activation is no longer present. The immune system has done its job of destroying the pathogens and healing the damaged tissues.

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION: THE SLOW BURN

But what happens when the inflammatory stimulus doesn’t go away? Many of the environmental signals that trigger inflammation are less obvious, continuous threats that keep the immune system functioning at a low level for a long period of time. This leads to chronic inflammation — a lowgrade, systemic condition often without any immediate symptoms. Over time, chronic inflammation slowly destroys tissues, leading to cumulative and serious damage. Continue reading “Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire”

Reliv Webinar: Extinguishing Inflammation

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In case you missed the live presentation, a recording of yesterday’s Reliv health webinar “Extinguishing Inflammation” with host Tina Van Horn is now available online. Click here to view.

Inflammation is a complex physical reaction without a simple solution. Left to smolder within your body, chronic inflammation can spiral out of control, contributing to many of the most common health problems.

Daily nutrition and lifestyle choices can either contribute to or disrupt your body’s inflammatory response. Learn what you need to do today, tomorrow and EVERY DAY to disrupt chronic inflammation and how Reliv nutrition can help you get there.

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Fighting Chronic Inflammation: The Key to Prevention

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What is Inflammation?

We’ve all experienced acute inflammation — a cut, a bug bite, a burn, a sprained ankle, an allergic reaction, an infection. It’s the body’s way of protecting itself. Blood vessels near the damaged area constrict and then dilate to bring more blood to the area, making it redden and heat up. The increased flow of blood and other fluids causes the area to swell and brings in immune cells and ingredients for rebuilding tissue. Inflammation must break down damaged tissue or pathogens in order for the area to heal. As the area heals, the inflammation subsides. This inflammatory process is very important for the immune system and for our survival.

Chronic inflammation, or “silent” inflammation, works differently. It is not a response to sudden injury, but rather a constant, low-level process lasting several months or years. We don’t necessarily realize when our body is experiencing this quiet burn, but its effects can be devastating. Chronic inflammation has been identified as a major factor in the development of several major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “Fighting Chronic Inflammation: The Key to Prevention”

Inflammation and the Changing Face of Sports Nutrition

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by Tina Van Horn, Research and Business Development Coordinator at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company

Redefining Sports Nutrition

The term “sports nutrition” invokes images of buff gym rats lugging around kegs of protein powder, as well as lithe distance runners throwing back concoctions of carbs and electrolytes en route to the finish line. Yes, these types of athletes have unique nutritional needs and use specialty supplements to support their performance goals. But sports nutrition can benefit more than just elite athletes. In fact, you don’t have to be an “athlete” at all to benefit from the research and products labeled for sport. Continue reading “Inflammation and the Changing Face of Sports Nutrition”

The Power of the Pomegranate

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Throughout history, pomegranates have inspired artists, writers and countless cultures as a symbol of good fortune. Recently, clinical studies have revealed what good fortune this juicy, crowned fruit can offer you in addition to its unique and sweet taste. As it turns out, this tree-grown treat is one of the best fruits out there for you! Punicalagins, compounds found only in pomegranates, are to thank for many of the fruit’s powerful health benefits, especially its heart benefits. Punicalagins have been shown to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure. Continue reading “The Power of the Pomegranate”