Inflammation and the food you eat

Your body creates both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals, called "prostaglandins" from substances in the food you eat. Imbalances in your diet can lead to the creation of excessive amounts of inflammatory prostaglandins, which fuel your body's inflammatory response. Conversely, the consumption of certain nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, allows your body to produce more anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, which it uses to reduce inflammation.

Leo Galland, M.D. FACN is internationally recognized as a leader in integrated medicine. A board-certified internist, he is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and the American College of Physicians.

He received his education at Harvard University and the New York University School of Medicine and has held faculty positions at New York University, Rockefeller University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the University of Connecticut.  For his pioneering work in integrated medicine Dr. Galland received the Linus Pauling Award and the Seelig Magnesium Award.

He is the author of more than 40 scientific articles and has written chapters for numerous textbooks including Integrative Gastroenterology, Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Integrative Medicine, Principles for Practice, and the Textbook of Natural Medicine, 2nd Edition. 

He and other modern nutrition experts, including Andrew Weil, Nicholas Perricone, and Barry Sears, have written many books about diet's link to inflammation, and have promoted the increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help control or reduce inflammation. Until now, however, the recommendations regarding anti-inflammation diets have been limited to a relatively small group of foods. That limitation has been lifted with the introduction of the IF (Inflammation Factor) Rating.

The foods thought to cause inflammation are organ meats, egg yolks (unbroken yolks are fine. When the yolks are broken the cholesterol in the yolks oxidizes. The yolks then produce toxic cholesterol by products.

It's also, long been known that anti-inflammatory type diets are recommended for medical condition such as arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, crohns disease and colitis, and the people with these conditions should avoid certain foods.

A highly absorbable Omega 3 Fish Oil is a great addition to your daily routine. Human clinical studies have proven both the EPA and DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in fish oil can help you experience reduced inflammation, as well as better brain health, enhanced heart health, weight management and improved mood.

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Book: "The Fat Resistance Diet" by Leo Galland is an excellent book which describes the lifestyle changes necessary to fight inflammation and lose weight permanently.
It also contains extensive meal plans similar to what we recommend in our Fatloss Fast Start plan.

Here are some links you can use as references about anti-inflammatory foods.
http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/inflammation
http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/ulcerative-colitis-diet-directory
http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/editorial/editorial.cfm/i/163/t/Buzzed%20on%20inflammation/

Additonal research studies: 

http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0716-97602003000300002&script=sci_arttext#1

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