(KTVI) - Doctors say many of our aches and pains are caused by inflammation, also known as swelling.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Lehman explains:
Turn Down the Heat
When you cook meat—be it beef, pork, fish, or poultry—at super-hot temperatures, it forms heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), inflammatory chemicals that some experts think may increase your odds of getting cancer. When cooking meat on direct-heat sources (think: the grill or stove), keep the temps under 300° F to minimize the formation of these chemicals
Ban Gadgets from the Bedroom
We know you can't function without your gadgets, but bringing them into your bedroom just invites inflammation into your life. The light from their screens can throw off your body's internal clock to make a good night's sleep pretty much impossible, and poor sleep—from not getting enough hours to tossing and turning—leads to a surge of inflammatory hormones.
Green Your Beauty Routine
Women of childbearing age have the highest levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in their blood—and that may be because they spend so much time preening themselves. Personal-care products like cosmetics, fragrances, hair dye, lotions, and even cleansers often contain inflammatory agents. Cut your exposure to harsh chemicals by switching to these 10 phthalate-free beauty products.
Don't Eat What You Can't Pronounce
Check your food labels for any out-there ingredients—they're usually rife with inflammatory compounds. Likewise, forgo any artificially colored foods and beverages. Unless they contain blueberries, blue foods probably aren't going to do anything for your immune system (at least not anything good).