When it comes to your diet, are you eating foods that are pro-inflammation or anti-inflammation?
Correcting a diet that's out of balance
The bottom line is that all refined, processed foods are having an adverse effect on your health.
- They displace many important nutrients, including anti-inflammatory vitamins, minerals, proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids
- Many grains interfere with normal nutrient absorption
- Highly refined sugars and carbohydrates draw valuable vitamins and minerals from your body's reserves to aid the metabolic processes that normally burn these foods for energy
- The sheer quantity of calories and carbohydrates in refined sugars and carbohydrates promote obesity
- The fat cells generate large amounts of interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein, two of the most powerful pro-inflammatory compounds made by your body
The end result is a diet that is high in pro-inflammatory fats, devoid of anti-inflammatory fats, and nearly empty of anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants.
There are three specific types of fats, as well as antioxidant nutrients, that help control inflammation: the omega-3 family of fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and the omega-9 family of fatty acids.
Omega-3s supply the building blocks of a variety of powerful anti-inflammatory substances. They encourage your body's production of inflammation-suppressing compounds, and remind your body to turn off inflammatory reactions when they are no longer needed.
GLA is technically an omega-6 fatty acid, but it behaves more like an anti-inflammatory omega-3. Your body converts GLA to the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin E-1, which enhances the inflammation-suppressing effect of omega-3s.
Your Nutrition Plan for Radiant Health
Consume a variety of minimally processed whole foods that include:
- Cold water fish
- Meat and organs from free-range or grass-fed animals
- High fiber, nonstarchy vegetables and fruits, including dark green leafy vegetables and flaxseed
- Spices and herbs to flavor foods
- Healthy fats and oils
- Pure water
- Raw, sprouted nuts and seeds
- Foods you are allergic or sensitive to
- Conventional cooking oils (canola, corn, soy, safflower- all rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids)
- Sugar and sugary foods
- Refined grains
- Pasteurized dairy products
- Cooking foods at high temperatures- AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products) are created when sugars bind with proteins during cooking
Prevent/heal inflammation by eliminating foods that set the stage for inflammation, one of the major causes of diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes!
Sources: The Inflammation Syndrome by Jack Challem