According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, many different areas make up the practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
In the United States, complementary and alternative medicine is used by as many as 38 percent of all adults.
The traditional alternative medicine field encompasses forms of therapy such as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, nutrition (foods and edible herbs) and Chinese medicine.
The nutrition section of alternative medicine may include “superfoods,” dietary supplements and herbal medicine, with a goal of making up for the nutritional deficiencies often seen in today’s society, many of which can lead to chronic diseases.
Some fields overlap, such as acupuncture, which is also used in “conventional” medicine.
Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, a diet which causes inflammation and heart disease and consumption of GMO foods can age us faster than our actual biological age.
The Rise of Alzheimer’s
Additionally, with the huge increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (according to alzheimers.net about 10 percent of adults in the U.S. over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s, and it is expected that the disease will increase by 14 percent in all 50 states over the next 8 years), our diet needs to address our brain health as well as the health of our body. Many experts now believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by inflammation in the body and brain, and that one reason for the inflammation is the nutritionally empty foods we consume.
Ways to Reduce Inflammation Through Nutrition
Scientists have identified a number of ways you can reduce inflammation in your body and your brain, slowing down the aging process, addressing chronic disease and feeling significantly better in the process.
Here are well-documented ways to consider reducing inflammation through nutrition:
Getting sufficient sleep
We are a nation of sleep-deprived adults. Lack of sleep has a direct correlation to energy, but by getting sufficient levels of sleep, you can decrease inflammation in your body, lower your risk of obesity, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, help control your blood sugar and even improve your mood. One of the primary “sleep killers” in our modern society is too much electronic screen time right before bed. It is recommended that you shut off all your electronic devices at least two hours prior to going to bed.
To vastly improve your health, help you avoid chronic diseases and keep your weight within a healthy range, consider the above therapies—sleep, natural supplements and a healthy diet like the Wahls Protocol.
The Wahls Protocol
Although the number of diets is seemingly endless in our looks-conscious society, in fact, we are getting heavier—and sicker. In fact, according to the New York Post, the U.S. is the most obese nation, just ahead of Mexico. Further, the number of seniors with four or more chronic diseases is expected to double by 2035. The Wahls Protocol is a nutrient-rich, paleo diet which may reverse many symptoms of autoimmune diseases, as well as addressing obesity and general health.
Even when you are eating healthy foods, you might still benefit from taking certain natural supplements—such as biotin. Biotin helps with the metabolism of glucose, amino acids and fatty acids in the body, helping turn the foods you eat into the energy you need. Biotin can also play a role in gene regulations and cell signaling, as well as maintaining the normal function of the nervous system.
NAD+ is a co-enzyme, found in all living cells. Many scientists believe NAD+ decreases as we age, and that supplementation can increase both our health and our lifespan. Some studies of NAD+ have shown a link between mitochondrial functions and metabolism; short-term supplementation of NAD+ among mice found a reversal of many aspects of aging. In fact, supplementation with NAD+ may be a major way of preserving and maintaining long-term health.