Managing the Inflammatory Response: Stop Smoking

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tips for Promoting a Normal Healthy, Balanced Inflammatory Response: Stop Smoking!

Smoking is one of the worst activities you can continue to do and still hope to normalize the body’s inflammatory response. In addition to contributing to the development of several chronic diseases, smoking leads to a generalized state of inflammation throughout the body. Smoking increases blood levels of inflammatory markers, triggering injury to the vasculature and leading directly to the development of cardiovascular disease. Numerous chemicals associated with cigarette smoke are carcinogens and therefore contribute to the development of several cancers. If you’re still smoking, quit! It’s the best thing you can do for your health.

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