American Football Triggers More Problems than Just Head Injury

WedJan4CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today is information about football and the damage done to the player’s body well after the game is over. This damage is beyond the well documented head injuries and joint injuries and has implications for the player’s life well into retirement.

IN MAKING CHANGES today is a list of strategies you can use to reduce the amount of inflammation in your body.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover that what you learn when you’re young may be used when you’re older.

In The News

New research links both increased body weight in former football players and immune activation with increased inflammation with the increase in blood pressure often found in retired football players. This hypothesis is based on the chronic inflammatory response found with chronic muscle and joint injury.

According to researchers quoted in Science Daily,

"Although our hypothesis addresses the etiology of hypertension in footballers acutely, it could also have important implications on understanding the development of chronic disease long-term, and thus may improve the quality of football players' lives upon retirement from the game," said Cameron G. McCarthy, M.S., study author from the Department of Physiology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.”


Daily Health Tip

Football athletes take a tremendous pounding on their bodies during the season. This hypothesis is based on the idea that the inflammatory response will increase the risk of suffering from high blood pressure. However, there are other athletic endeavors that also result in chronic damage to joints and muscles. Basketball, marathon runners and soccer players also suffer similar types of damage.

Making Changes

Making small changes during your day to reduce your risk of chronic injury and to reduce the inflammatory response in the body may give you a reduced risk of suffering from high blood pressure.

1. Drink a cup of green tea each day to help calm the inflammatory response in your body. Drink tea that is harvested from Japan and not China. Tea grown in China has high lead levels.

2. Get 7-8.5 hours of sleep each night to help your body clear toxins and get ready for the next day.

3. Drink enough water to stay well hydrated. This means your urine must be light yellow and clear.

4. Reduce the amount of processed foods, alcohol and sugar in your diet. Each of these foods will increase your insulin spike and therefore, the inflammatory response in your body.

5. Eat blackberries, blueberries or raspberries each day. These foods are high in antioxidants and will help to reduce the inflammatory response.

6. Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Our diets are normally high in Omega-6 which increases the inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. Foods high in Omega-3 acids are walnuts, flaxseed, sardines, and wild salmon.


My Daily Affirmation

I keep like-minded people in my life so the relationships are easy. My friends fall into that category. They give me good advice when I need it most.

Whenever I get ahead of myself with a goal, they remind me to slow down. I remain on the right track when I have that outer voice to prevent me from getting flustered. Their thoughtfulness is a blessing to me.

Fact Or Fiction?

You’ll never know how you use knowledge you gain in your earlier years. Hillary Rodham discovered that very fact.

Just after graduating from Yale Law School, Hillary Rodham took a job at the Children’s Defense Fund which was chose to be on the inquiry staff for the Watergate investigation for possible impeachment of then President Nixon.. Just a short 24 years later her husband faced a very similar situation.

Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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