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Posts Tagged ‘reduce inflammation’

Omega 3 – The Fat We Should Eat

Posted by terrepruitt on September 1, 2011

I have mentioned Omega 3 before, but I haven’t said a lot about it.  I thought sharing a few things about it would be nice.  Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid required by the body.  “Essential” means that our body must have it but can’t make it so we need to obtain the nutrient from our diet.  Since our cell membranes are made up of fatty acids it makes sense that our body needs fatty acids to function properly.  The key is making sure our bodies have the right kind of fat.  Omega 3 contains three fatty acids, a-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and is considered a polyunsaturated fat.  Polyunsaturated fat, unlike saturated fat, does not harden at room temperature.  Wanting a fat that makes up cell membranes that does not harden is another thing that makes sense, right?  Nutrients and waste have an easier time passing in and out of a cell membrane with a liquid consistency than one that is solid.

Research has been done in regards to Omega 3 on diseases and ailments with varied results.  Studies continue to reveal Omega 3 helps reduce heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Omega 3 helps reduce inflammation.  We know chronic inflammation is not good because it is linked with or even thought to be the cause of many diseases.   Omega 3 could help with autoimmune diseases of which inflammation is present such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diabetes.   With many diseases there is often multiple issues so it makes sense that if something helps with one thing it might help with another if it is a symptom or a result of a disease.  For instance, many people with diabetes have high cholesterol so, if Omega 3 helps lower the LDL and raise the HDL, that would be of assistance to someone with diabetes.  Science is continuing to discover things about Omega 3 and how each fatty acid has different effects on the body.

Omega 3 is interesting in that one of the three ALA is actually not used by the body until it is converted to the other two.  Some foods contain ALA, some contain EPA, and others contain DHA or a combination of them.  So as always recommended it is good to eat a variety of foods.  Eating a variety of foods containing Omega 3 will help ensure you get what you need.  Some of the food Omega 3 can be found in is cold water fish, flax seed, walnuts, and what some are calling “Omega 3 eggs”.  At present there is not a Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Omega 3, but the consensus is that Americans should be eating more.

According to a the World’s Healthiest Foods website:  “the National Institutes of Health recommended that people consume at least 2% of their total daily calories as omega-3 fats.”

You might have heard the claim that Canola Oil is a good source of Omega 3, but then you might have also heard the processing the rapeseed plant goes through and the way the oil is made actually burns off the Omega 3 and becomes transfat.  This is one of those things you might want to research and decide for yourself.  It is your health.

Other foods containing Omega 3: beans, olive oil, hemp seeds, kale, collard greens, spinach, soybeans, cloves, oregano, green beans — yay, not just fish!  I am not a fan of fish although, the Omega 3 in fish is hard to beat, so I probably should start eating it.

Like so many nutrients being discovered as being necessary almost everyday it seems as if the best way to get what the body needs is to eat a variety of foods.  The less we eat of over-processes and packaged foods the better.  Finding a balance is also important.  It just really sounds as if, from all the information I have read, Americans consume less Omega 3 than we should, so — to me — it sounds good to add more to my diet.  What about you?  Are there ways you can add more healthy foods that contain Omega 3 into your diet?

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Anti-Inflammation Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2011

You know that the body being in a constant state of inflammation is not good, right?  Research and studies are relating this state of being to many diseases.  You know there are foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.  Do you know that there are foods that cause an inflammatory response in the body?

It is thought that foods that cause an allergic reaction are related to inflammation.  Since inflammation is an immune response.  One of the food groups to be avoided when on a nutrition plan to reduce inflammation in the body is dairy.  Dairy is a big allergy culprit so milk, cheese, and yogurt would not be included in this type of diet.  Although I love dairy this seems like one of the easiest things to avoid.

Another allergy food is peanuts.  This food is definitely not on the list of “can eat” if following an anti-inflammatory eating plan.  This food seems like it might be a little bit more difficult to avoid.  I would imagine if it is just being avoided with the idea to reduce inflammation it would not be so imperative to avoid things that are made in plants with peanuts as one has to do if they are highly allergic.

This diet also excludes caffeine and alcohol.  Strict adherence would entail no fried foods, no processed foods, and no corn.  I think the really difficult allergen to avoid is gluten.  It seems to be in so many things.  Things I wouldn’t have even thought of.  Since so many people are participating in gluten-free diets I have since learned a few of the things, but still.  It is in so many things it seems difficult to avoid.  Just like the items on my list*.  It is difficult to avoid them.   I keep wondering what there is so eat on a diet like this.

This diet is thought to help so many health issues.  Again from what I have seen it is thought that a constant state of inflammation is bad for the body.  It is thought that this state is a state in which diseases can infiltrate the body and its systems.  So if there are health issues I can see following this if it help relieve some of the symptoms of a particular disease.  But this type of diet is also used as a detox and to see if any of these foods cause a reaction in the body.  The plan is to not eat these foods for about two weeks then introduce them back into the diet and to check the reactions of the body.

I want to try this detox/elimination diet to see if there are some food that I should definitely cut out of my diet.  I can live without all of this for two weeks, but the gluten.  It is in so many things.  Well, I am going to research it further.  I am sure I will be posting more about this in the future, but I wanted to see what you think.

I know some of you follow gluten-free diets?  So if you follow a gluten-free diet, why?  And what do you notice, what differences in your body?  And what do you eat instead of bread?  Are they any of you that follow an anti-inflammation diet?  Please share.

*Currently my list of ingredients to avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or Corn sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, and Canola Oil

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