Live Lean Nation, you know that achy elbow or knee you have? You’re probably suffering from some form of inflammation. On today’s episode of Live Lean TV we’re talking about foods that cause inflammation and the foods you should be eating to reduce it.
A major part of my Live Lean Transformation 100,000 mission is to get you moving 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 no way around it.
On top of this, the foods you’re eating (or not eating) can create even more inflammation in your body.
…as not only will it stop you from getting a good workout, it can also lead to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
So to fight this inflammation, we need to be fueling our bodies right. However, that is not happening for the majority of the western population.
The majority of foods that lead to inflammation are those found in high quantities in our diet. I’m talking specifically about omega-6 fats found in most processed foods that we love 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 omega-6 to omega-3s or worse.
Vegetable oils found in most processed foods such as:
– Corn oil
– Cottonseed oil
– Peanut oil
– Safflower oil
– Sesame oil
– Soybean oil
– Sunflower oil
Most processed grain products like bagels, bread, crackers, and cookies contain these inflammation causing vegetable oils.
Just look at the ingredients label next time and I bet one of those vegetable oils mentioned earlier are in the ingredients list.
However, in addition to reducing the amount of inflammation causing foods in our diet…
We can 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. So by eating more omega-3 rich foods, you ultimately lower your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
Your target ratio of omega-6 to omega-3s should be around 2:1.
– Cold-water fish like salmon and mackeral
– Eggs enriched with omega-3s
– Grass fed beef
– Macadamia nuts
– Leafy vegetables
…like the one I use from Ascenta Health called NutraSea HP.
It’s a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement that I take all year round to reduce inflammation.
…STOP! It tastes lemony (or mango-y) delicious. I take it straight up and DAMN THAT’S GOOD!
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– Do you take omega-3 fish oils?
– Which brand do you use?
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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.