Ron Cain | Contributed
The food industry is consumed in the need for ever-increasing profits and has no problem undermining public health and fueling food addiction for the benefit of shareholders.
Diet-related inflammation is a concern. It is synonymous with not changing the oil in the car for too long, draining the oil and pouring in dirty oil again. Yes, the car will still be running, but at some point it will suffer significant engine damage that will put you in a crisis.
Almost everyone with common sense takes care of their car so it doesn’t get stranded on the side of the road. So why can’t we take care of our health to the same extent?
If your car engine makes strange noises when it starts, most will call and schedule an appointment to check it out. If you go hiking and can’t keep up, the next day your body aches all over and your knee explodes – some people keep lighting a cigarette and sitting on the couch with a pizza until the knee feels better.
We should listen to our body and treat it proactively.
I never found out why people work so hard to retire at 60 or 65 after 50 years only to have a short and crappy retirement due to health complications.
One in four deaths in North America is due to heart disease affected by inflammation in the body.
How your body reacts to food and the extent of inflammation are not the same in individuals. The response can vary enormously. The older we get, the stronger the reaction.
A University of BC study found a link between systemic inflammation in the body and Alzheimer’s disease. Before, we assumed that Alzheimer’s caused inflammation in the brain. Finding a drug to treat the disease is nicer than allocating resources to educating people about prevention. My mother and sister are both in the terminal stages of this disease and that is what motivates me to be as healthy as possible.
Fat and sugar are the two most critical factors that should be consumed with caution.
The North American diet is very high in refined sugar, processed foods, and fat. Long-term, mild inflammation irritates the blood vessels – similar to what happens with unloved relatives who decide to stay longer.
The process of reducing inflammation in the body involves several steps: increasing anti-inflammatory foods in your diet; Reducing foods like sugar, white flour, fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat, and processed deli meats that cause inflammation; Control of blood sugar levels; Exercise; decrease; Coping with stress.
So what to eat
The good news is that the foods we need to eat to reduce inflammation are the same foods we need to maintain an ideal weight, have energy, improve our memory, etc.
Foods high in anti-inflammatory molecules like polyphenols can be found in colorful vegetables, fruits, and other plant-based foods. Dump baking with white flour and snacks with high fiber nuts, vegetables, and whole grains instead. Eat foods high in omega-3s such as fish and take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement.
Ron Cain is the owner of Sooke Mobile Personal Training. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Facebook at Sooke Personal Training.
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