Foods That Cause Body Inflammation Conditions
From this article in Whole Foods magazine about avoiding foods that cause inflammation body conditions:
“you can get into ketosis the healthy way, using really high-quality fats
like Malaysian red palm oil (which is sustainable, by the way),
grass-fed butter, ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil (my favorite is
Barlean’s), and extra-virgin olive oil (I like Cobram Estates, which is
the greatest bargain in the world at Sprouts at under 10 bucks). Stay
away from seed oils like corn, soybean, canola, “vegetable” oil and
other oils that are extremely high in pro-inflammatory omega-6s.”
The state of ketosis involves avoiding foods like:
- Fruit (not all but most) because of fructose overload
- Omega 6 oils (seed oils) without an Omega 3 content to balance the oil
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However, you can consume yummy items like a fabulous morning coffee drink which I describe in ” The Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee“.
You can put grass fed butter on your vegetables and zucchini-pastas.
You can make your own salad dressings with olive, walnut, flaxseed or avocado oil in as many herb’d and spiced variations as you like.
In a nutshell, sweets (including breads, crackers, rolls, et al), grains and seed oils or trans fats are foods that generate inflammation in joints, muscles, blood vessels and organs, including your brain.
In my article “Foods That Prevent Cancer Naturally” you’ll find tips for an anti-inflammation foods list.
Wouldn’t you like to prevent and treat inflammation every day? You can!
It is a doctor-designed formula to put out those inner fires!
What Is The Big Deal With Ketosis?
It really is a big deal and I’ll try to explain it as simply as possible.
Fats are a daily necessity in our diets, but not just any fat.
You can read very old books (two to three decades old) by Dr. Atkins and the Doctors Eades and Eades, about protein power and low carbohydrate menus which create a fat-burning mode in your metabolism.
However, you must cut way back on carbs, all sweets and starches, or your body chemistry will burn them for fuel and store the fats you eat.
Low carbs = fat burning for energy.
High carbs = carb burning for energy/fat storage
And, very importantly, the right fats decrease inflammation in the body tissues.
Foods That Don’t Cause Inflammatory Body Conditions
“Advantages of ketosis
In a ketogenic state, the body reduces its blood sugar levels and
causes the liver to create chemical byproducts called ketones. As a
result of either the reduction in carbohydrates or the increase in
ketones, the ketogenic diet may help with:
- weight loss
- protection of the cells
- reduced inflammation
- lower physical stress levels”
That information comes from this article.
So a low carb diet helps you stay thinner, prevents cell degeneration, decreases inflammation and lowers stress levels. It’s a holistic if not metaphorically holographic system.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Food
PCOS is a big problem for women. It is related to a deficiency of iodine, although that is just part of the cause.
“Myth #4 “Women with PCOS are overweight”
PCOS is often associated with obesity, but not always. At one time, PCOS was defined as having all three
symptoms plus obesity, but we now recognize that there are different
“types” of PCOS. You only need two of the three symptoms of PCOS to have
the condition. The treatment of PCOS is based on the sub-type and your
goal (for example, birth control pills do an excellent job of
controlling the irregular cycles and treating the abnormal male hormone
of PCOS, but would not be the best option for someone try to conceive).
For overweight PCOS patients, a low carb diet with regular exercise is
The above is a small snippet from an excellent article on the syndrome, and its complicated hormonal imbalances and confused brain signals.
And believe it from one who had had it, it is a very painful and inflamed condition. This was never diagnosed while I was young and training for a career in professional ballet. I had problems staying as thin as I needed to be for ballet, but I wasn’t obese because my metabolism hadn’t been hit hard by this condition yet.
And, I was eating a low starch/sweet diet as a matter of course.
One mistake I made, and pretty well everyone did then, was avoiding anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats. Egg yolks ( a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids) were “bad” and so was butter. I really didn’t like fish much either.
And if I had eaten a lot of fish, I would have carefully trimmed off the fat. Now I buy it in capsules to make sure I ingest it.
This is my favorite fish oil supplement. You can click on that link to check it out.
But after retiring, and a pregnancy, the ‘doo-doo’ hit the wall for my health.
Twenty-five years ago I had no health insurance and did not get regular care. I didn’t understand enough about diet, good fats, and had never heard of foods like turmeric, krill oil, or grass fed products that help hormonal balance.
Keep Foods Yummy/Ditch The Carbs
Spicy and peppery foods can be great for decreasing inflammation. Yet those delicious and picante recipes traditionally go together with breads, rices and pastas, don’t they?
What would we do without Italian pastas and those awesome Indian and Asian dishes?
“Well-known, Delhi based foodie Divya Burman is a staunch believer that one should avoid carbs if they want to lead a healthy life. She tends to stay away from white flour, white pasta and major carbohydrates which only convert into unhealthy sugar in the body.”
The articles and Divya’s recipes are here.
Foods To Prevent Body Inflammation And Hormonal Imbalance
Very conveniently for us, these are the same foods. Healthy fats and oils create our hormones, and decrease inflammation. Some of these are:
- Grass fed products like meats and butter/dairy products
- Wild caught fish or purified fish oil supplements
In contrast, farmed fish are fed other animals’ manure and receive massive doses of antibiotics to compensate for their crowded conditions.
Grain fed animals produce meat and dairy high in omega 6 oils and deficient in omega 3 oils. They are also dosed with drugs and growth hormones, which humans then eat. Omega 6 fats increase inflammation.
Vegetables that can cause inflammation are non-organic products. Pesticides and herbicides are estrogen mimickers and nervous system irritants.
We simply cannot avoid all the hormone wrecking and cellular damaging products that surround us now. Drinks, foods and the air we breath is laden with disease causing chemicals.
Yet if we do what we can do, we can be healthier. Here are some related articles:
What are your strategies for decreasing inflammation (= disease, = aging)?
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