Chronic low-grade inflammation is of growing concern as a health condition that underlies metabolic syndrome and heart disease. Inflammation is a chief comorbidity cited in COVID patients who died from the virus. For decades, doctors have attempted to treat chronic inflammation with prescription drugs, with a poor track record of success. Learn how NAD IV therapy and immune-boosting IV vitamin therapy, along with simple lifestyle changes, can help reverse inflammation and dramatically improve your health.
Dangers of Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation is a natural protective immune response to acute trauma. It alerts your immune system to tissue damage and triggers the healing process. It is also a factor in the fight-or-flight response when danger is looming. Your body goes through a series of rapid chemical changes that prepare you to deal with an imminent threat.
However, inflammation that lingers for weeks or months in the absence of a specific threat can become a deadly condition in itself, undermining your ability to fight infections and downregulating your metabolism. Chronic low grade inflammation is a precursor to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis, and a key cause of obesity.
Underlying causes of chronic inflammation include:
- Chronic stress
- Sleep deprivation
- Lack of exercise
- Poor nutrition
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Emotional trauma
- Lack of meaningful social interactions
- Overtraining syndrome from sports or exercise
COVID and Chronic Inflammation
Anxiety brought on by the global pandemic with its lockdowns and restrictive mandates, coupled with divisive politics, job losses and other associated factors, has contributed significantly to chronic inflammation, substance abuse and weight gain in the US population.
Under the guise of protecting us from the coronavirus, health authorities and politicians have placed us in the crosshairs of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease, conditions that have been cited as leading causes of death for the past several decades.
In addition, the CDC reports in 2022 that 95% of patients who died from the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic had four or more comorbidities that fall under the umbrella of metabolic syndrome, including:
- Chronic inflammation
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
At least 75% of those who have died from COVID were over age 65, with the vast majority over age 75, and most had multiple comorbidities.
Considering that common comorbidities are related to lifestyle, people have the option to take charge of their own health, to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID.
NAD therapy, along with Vitamin IV therapy of zinc, high-dose Vitamin C and other antioxidants, can provide a hedge against severe infections from COVID and other viruses, to help you avoid undesirable outcomes.
Inflammation and NAD
Your body has its own natural defense mechanism against chronic inflammation, but it only works if all the key factors are in place. Chronic low-grade inflammation affects the endothelium, the thin layer of cells that lines the arteries, disrupting blood flow and elevating blood pressure.
Silent Information Regulator 1 (SIRT1) is an NAD-dependent signaling protein that regulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) — a molecular enzyme that protects the cardiovascular system — to keep blood flowing smoothly throughout your body.
For SIRT1 to do its job, it needs to bind to NAD, and that requires the presence of zinc. Zinc deficiency and NAD deficiency are both common factors in people with chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome. Vitamin D and zinc deficiencies are also universally present in patients with severe COVID infections.
By optimizing your nutrition and supplementing depleted nutrients, you can set yourself on a path toward better health and a stronger immune system to fight infectious diseases.
10 Things You Can Do Now to Reverse Inflammation and Restore Your Metabolic Health
1. Manage stress and anxiety
Activities like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or just reading a good book, can help lower stress levels and reduce chronic inflammation.
2. Begin a daily walking and/or fitness program
Regular exercise is a proven remedy for chronic inflammation.
3. Spend time in nature
Getting outdoors combats stress, and sun exposure boosts your Vitamin D levels.
4. Keep in touch with friends and family
Cultivating meaningful relationships and spending time with loved ones helps to put life in perspective, reducing overall stress. Doing fun activities together that make you laugh is a sure way to lower stress and reduce inflammation.
5. Drink plenty of pure natural spring water
Your body needs ample amounts of fluids to function properly. Your blood is made up of 90% water, and your brain is 75% water. Chronic dehydration is common in older adults, and can be a contributing factor to inflammation and metabolic syndrome. If you think you are dehydrated, IV hydration therapy can help restore optimal fluid levels. Steer clear of tap water – which is full of harmful chemicals – and drink spring water to boost essential minerals.
6. Sleep 7-9 hours nightly
Sleep deprivation is a key contributor to chronic inflammation and obesity. Prioritize getting a good night’s sleep, and watch your metabolic health improve.
7. Eliminate sugar and simple carbs from your diet
Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are the main drivers of obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome. Ditch the soft drinks and processed snacks, and swap them out for water, unsweetened tea and low-carb snack options like nuts, cheese, raw veggies and olives.
8. Avoid chemical-laden processed foods
Processed foods are often packed with sodium, sugar, and deadly chemicals that can lead to metabolic disorders.
9. Eat whole natural foods
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the middle aisles where processed foods are shelved. Switch to an organic whole foods diet that includes pasture-raised organic meats, wild-caught seafood and organic vegetables. Opt for high-zinc foods like nuts, seeds, and pasture raised lamb, beef and chicken. Include lots of leafy greens like spinach and arugula, and eat organic fruits in moderation to limit sugar intake.
10. Supplement with essential vitamins, and consider IV vitamin therapy
Nutrient supplements add an extra layer of insurance that you are getting all the nutrients you need for your body’s systems to perform at their peak.
IV Vitamin Therapy and NAD Therapy in NYC
At a time in history when so much seems out of your control, you can take charge of your health by making better lifestyle choices and optimizing your nutrition to support your immune system. Getting all the nutrients you need from your diet can be a challenge, especially in the face of supply chain issues and food shortages.
InVita Wellness is dedicated to offering natural drug-free solutions that boost your health and immunity, to help you live your best life. Choose a high-dose Vitamin C immune-boosting cocktail, replenish depleted nutrients with an anti-stress cocktail, or get NAD IV infusion therapy to combat inflammation at the cellular level.
Contact InVita Wellness today, and optimize your nutrition to give your body the tools it needs to fight inflammation and ward off infectious diseases.
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