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Inflammation: What Causes It and How Can You Reduce It?

Ouch! If you’ve ever stubbed your toe or gotten a paper cut, you’ve experienced inflammation: It’s your body’s natural response to an injury or infection.1 Without inflammation, your body wouldn’t be able to heal wounds or fight off illness. But there can be too much of a good thing. Chronic inflammation — when your body experiences inflammation for a prolonged period — is linked to serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.2

 

So what causes inflammation and how can you reduce it? We tapped Jenny Craig’s Registered Dietitian, Briana Rodriquez, to find out.  

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9 Stress Relief Tips For New Moms

When I had my first baby, I was in love with the idea that I would be this earth-mother mom who could handle it all. Sleep deprivation? I wasn’t worried. Infant crying spells? I’m pretty chill. Weathering the physical and emotional effects of childbirth while sleep-deprived? Not a problem!

 

Well, it turns out I was wrong. All of those things I just mentioned? They did take a toll, and when you factor in that I was resolute in doing it all without any help — housework, laundry and healthy meal prep included — well, I was a stressed mom and in need of some stress relief.

 

If you, too, find that you are trying to be SuperMom, try to realize that these days as a new mother, with a new baby, are remarkable and something to be treasured. But they can also be stressful as you adjust to your new reality — one in which all semblance of your prior life has disappeared virtually overnight and this adorable little person rules every minute of every day.

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The 6 Best Ways to De-Stress Right Now

Keep calm and carry on. It’s a familiar slogan on coffee cups and kitchen towels. Originally used as a way to encourage people during wartime, it’s more appropriate than ever as people look for ways to de-stress during this time of uncertainty. As you navigate new and unfamiliar burdens while spending most of your time at home, stress may take an unchecked toll on your body and mind.

 

But keep calm: We’ve rounded up six of the best way to de-stress so you can unwind and stay positive right now!

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We Asked an M.D.: How Does The Immune System Work?

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about ways to boost your immune system. But how does your immune system work and what exactly does it do? The immune system’s main goal is to protect your body from infection and disease. It’s not just limited to one part of the body: It’s actually a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to fight off substances, germs and other cell changes that could make you sick.1

 

We sat down with Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM and chair of Jenny Craig’s Science Advisory Board to learn how the immune system works, what could weaken it, and how to give it a boost.

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The Top 4 COVID-19 Risk Factors You Need to Know About

With everything going on lately surrounding COVID-19, you might be wondering if there are certain factors that make you more susceptible to getting really sick from the virus. It turns out, new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates there are. Read on as Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, lifestyle medicine expert and chair of Jenny Craig’s Science Advisory Board, shares important risk factor data as well as practical advice you can use to stay healthy.

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The Ultimate Morning Routine Checklist to Start Your Day Right

Many of us are creatures of habit — we thrive on routine and do the same things every day because it helps us feel organized, productive and confident. Making and sticking to a morning routine checklist, especially when things feel uncertain, can help you to consistently stick with your healthy habits. Following an everyday regimen has many benefits, like starting things off on the right foot; giving a sense of peace and certainty in knowing what lies ahead; and helping you stay productive by checking items off your to-do list. Here’s how to create a morning routine that works for you.

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