On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the 7 inflammatory ingredients that cause inflammation and the foods you should be eating to reduce it.
You know that achy elbow or knee that you have?
That means you’re probably suffering from some form of inflammation.
By now, you should know that a major part of my Live Lean Transformation 1,000,000 mission is to get you to move your body more effectively, via exercise.
But guess what?
As awesome as exercise is for your overall health, it does create inflammation in your muscles and tendons.
There’s just no way around it.
On top of this, the foods you’re eating, or not eating, can create even more inflammation in your body.
To fight this inflammation, we need to be fueling our bodies right.
However, that is not happening for the majority of the western population.
What do you think is the reason?
The majority of the foods that lead to inflammation are those found in high quantities in the SAD diet, which is short for standard American diet.
I’m talking specifically about omega 6 fats found in most processed foods that we love to eat so much.
Unfortunately, due to the high intake of these processed snack foods, the average western diet has a ratio of at least 10:1 of omega 6 to omega 3s, or worse.
Foods high in omega 6 fats usually include one of the following 7 inflammatory ingredients that cause inflammation.
These inflammatory vegetable oils are found in most processed grain products such as:
The next time you’re at the grocery store, just look at the ingredients label on any of these processed grain products.
I bet one of those inflammation causing vegetable oils are in the ingredients list.
In addition to reducing the amount of inflammatory ingredients and foods in our diet, we can also help balance that omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, by consuming more foods rich in omega 3s.
Omega 3s are the key nutrient that reduces inflammation in the body.
By eating more of these omega 3 rich foods, you will ultimately lower your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio.
Your target ratio of omega 6 to omega 3s should be around 2:1.
Focus on eating these anti-inflammatory foods high in omega 3s:
I also recommend you supplement with a high quality omega 3 fish oil supplement.
For the last few years, I’ve been using this high quality omega 3 fish oil from Nordic Naturals.
When I was living in Canada, I also used NutraSea HP.
Both of these brands are high quality omega 3 fish oil supplements that I’ve taken all year round to reduce inflammation.
If you’re worried about fish oil tasting fishy, stop.
Both of these brands of fish oil have a lemon flavor, and taste absolutely delicious.
I drink it straight up.
Damn that’s good.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.