Many athletes and bodybuiders think that they “eat right”, consuming lots of protein and grains such as oatmeal and rice. But did you know that these “healthy” foods can actually cause inflammation in the body?
Chronic inflammation can cause serious problems, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, stoke and Alzheimer’s disease. Help your shoppers overcome this immune system overload by steering them toward certain foods and away from others. An article in U.S. News and World Report offers a list of foods to choose and to avoid when combating inflammation.
They suggest people who suffer from chronic inflammation should consumer less omega-6 fats (found in most vegetable oils including corn, and safflower; and in animal fats such as those found in butter, dairy products, pork and beef) trans fats; rancid fats (meaning oil that’s heating to the point of smoking); white starches like flour, sugar, white rice and instant mashed potatoes; animal fats; and excess alcohol.
They write the foods that help reduce inflammation include: omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs); colorful produce (vegetables!) packed with flavonoids, herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric and rosemary; chocolate; and wine. Fatty fish such as salmon is a wonderful source of protein loaded with Omega3 fats. If you don’t like fish, you can add EFA’s in capsule form by using a product like the EFA Lean.
Additionally, our own research here at Labrada Nutrition shows that there are certain enzymes that can reduce inflammation as well. Click here to Download Lee Labrada’s FREE special report to learn how enzymes can reduce your inflamation and this help you to recover faster from your training!