Science says loneliness kicks off a dangerous disease trigger

As you get older, it can become easier to find yourself isolated.

Children may move away. Friends and loved ones may pass away. And your once strong network of social support can shrink dramatically.

Sadly, this isolation not only can lead to depression but has also been found to dramatically increase the risk for numerous diseases, including:

  • Dementia, by 50 percent
  • Heart disease, by 29 percent
  • Stroke, by 32 percent

Studies even show that loneliness raises your risk of death from all causes at a level to rival that of smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.

And now we finally know why…

The link between inflammation and disease is the unifying factor

You see, while we’ve long known that loneliness can kill, figuring out exactly how it does it, has been another kettle of fish – an issue that has been overcome thanks to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The study followed over 4,600 participants aged 65 and older to determine just how social isolation was linked with poor health.

And the results?

The team discovered that the reason too much alone time can negatively impact your health all lies in its effect on inflammation.

Basically, isolation causes inflammation to go into overdrive and leads to disease.

And while this might sound strange, it actually fits perfectly when you consider that Harvard doctors say that inflammation may be considered a “unifying theory of disease”.

They even point out that chronic inflammation (which could be driven by chronic isolation) can lead to:

  • Atherosclerosis (or a buildup of plaques inside your arteries ), by acting in concert with high levels of LDL or “bad cholesterol”
  • Diabetes, by increasing your insulin resistance
  • Alzheimer’s, due to your brain’s immune system reacting to beta-amyliod molecules

Put out the fires of inflammation to break that disease link

First and foremost, as this study has shown, isolation is an inflammatory bomb waiting to happen. So whenever possible, get together with friends or family, especially during mealtimes to help overcome the loneliness that raises your inflammatory risks.

If family is not an option, look for community offerings that can get you out and about and around others. Many communities have activity centers, gyms, churches, book clubs — you get the picture.

Next, add these best practices to further tamp down the inflammation/disease threat:

  1. Exercise more – Exercising at 60 to 80 percent of your maximum capacity can help lower inflammation levels.
  2. Eat right – Certain foods possess rich levels of polyphenols to help reduce inflammatory issues, like green tea, turmeric, onions, berries, green leafy vegetables, salmon, walnuts and broccoli.
  3. Reduce stress – Stress-relieving practices such as meditation and massage have been proven to help cool the fires of inflammation in your body.
  4. Get supplement smart – Nutrients can help bring balance to your inflammatory processes, like the ones found in Peak Triple Relief™, including:
    • Black Cumin Seed Oil – This oil from the black cumin seed has 2 potent active ingredients that have been the subject of much research — thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone. They provide remarkable inflammatory support by promoting a balanced immune system response.
    • Turmeric Extract – This 4,000-year-old Indian herb helps modulate your NF-kb switch. NF-kb (Nuclear Factor-kappaB) is the master regulator that signals and turns your body’s inflammatory response on and off.
    • Ginger Extract – Leaky gut can trigger inflammation and other overactive immune responses. Ginger Extract, a long-used digestive aide, can help soothe the lining of your digestive tract to help reduce the incidence of leaky gut.
    • Vitamin D3 – Researchers have discovered when you boost your levels of Vitamin D3, inflammation is soothed and discomfort is better managed.

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Sources:

Inflammation: A unifying theory of disease? – Harvard Medical School

Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions – CDC

Social isolation linked to higher markers of inflammation in older adults – EurekAlert!

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Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is the founder and Chief Research officer for Peak Pure & Natural.