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Protecting your health is now more important than ever. We can no longer afford to avoid it or take any short cuts. Make sure to browse through our collection of articles and tips. Stay tuned for updates!

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The Real on Inflammation

What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body's natural way of protecting itself outside invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, and injury. Your white blood cells are used in this process. The two types of inflammation are acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is a ‘good’ kind and your body’s normal response to tissue damage or metabolic stress. It happens when something harmful or irritating affects our body, like getting a burn, or a cut. It is useful by kick-starting our body’s defense system, and helping us to recover. Chronic inflammation is the ‘bad’ kind and occurs when the inflammation process goes on for too long. This type of inflammation is linked to various diseases, including heart disease, and plays a major role in the development of Atherosclerosis. The five physical signs of acute inflammation are: heat, pain, redness, swelling and loss of function. Certain foods can also cause inflammation in the body. Knowing the real cause can help you to understand yours.

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Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Too much inflammation in the body can cause all sorts of health problems that can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues, and organs causing diseases and illnesses to form.

Symptoms can include:

  • Chronic fatigue and insomnia.

  • Body pain, arthralgia, myalgia.

  • Gastrointestinal complications like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux.

  • Weight gain or weight loss.

  • Frequent infections

  • Depression, anxiety and mood disorders

So what Anti-inflammatory foods can help us eliminate Chronic Inflammation?

  • tomatoes.

  • olive oil.

  • green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.

  • nuts like almonds and walnuts.

  • fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines.

  • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges


Some foods we should avoid:.

  • Processed meats

  • Containing sugar and high fructose corn syrup

  • Artificial trans fats

  • Vegetable oils and seed oils

  • Refined carbs

  • Excessive alcohol


Stay tuned in to Vintage Black for newsworthy health articles.

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'Tis the Season...                           Avoiding Family Holiday Drama

"When are you gonna get married and have some kids?...What happened to that other woman you were with ?"

Last year the Corona Virus put a limit on our gatherings, but this year we've been given a break on most of the restrictions. Holidays are a time for families to get together and spend time. Joyous reunions can quickly turn into a mess, and all it takes is just one person bringing up a sensitive subject, rehashing an old argument, or a mistake made by a family member to set off the family holiday drama. Openly criticizing how someone is raising or (not) disciplining someone's kids can also do it. Even well-intentioned comments can sometimes backfire. If you want to avoid repeats of past holiday rifts, here are some things to watch out for (even if you're not the initiator):

  • money spent on gifts or who didn't buy any

  • embarrassing childhood stories

  • trying to control adult children while they're in town

  • not liking someone's new mate or giving them the cold shoulder

  • family members who let too much fly out of their mouths after they've been drinking

How to deal with drama:

  • Set different times for family members to come by who have known issues

  • Pre-set some boundaries for dinner table talk

  • Hold off on serving alcoholic beverages until after dinner is finished

  • Say "please" and "thank you" and be willing to go the extra mile to be pleasant

  • Certain comments are better left unsaid...think before you speak

  • Don't ask too many questions and mind your business

  • If your family is known to act up on the holidays, don't invite new people to witness

  • Let the drama queens/kings eat some place else this year


We all need to avoid any additional stress this year. Just try to eat, drink, and be merry!


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