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Essential fatty acids

Inflammation is the underlying cause of all the chronic conditions we have today and that includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases like arthritis, MS, Crohn’s, and celiac, neurological issues like Alzheimer’s, dementia, mood disorders, and anxiety.  Inflammation is also the cause of the aches and pains associated with getting older, slow recovery of muscles from workouts, slow tissue repair, dermatitis, fasciitis, tendonitis, any “itis” is inflammation.  If you have any inflammatory conditions then you will want to continue reading. Fats play a major role in our health and disease processes.  Fat is an essential component of our diet and should contribute anywhere from 10 – 30% of our total daily calorie intake.  But which fats are healthy and which ones contribute to disease? Fats all have different compositions of fatty acids.  I made a chart that shows the breakdown of each type of fat and then sorted them into…

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Anti-inflammatory foods

Chronic inflammation is highly associated with chronic diseases so we want to minimize excessive inflammation as much as possible.  Inflammation is when the immune system reacts to foreign substances or microorganisms in order to protect the body.  When the immune system fights of infectious organisms or harmful substances, it can be quite reactive and causes damage to our cells during the process.  This is ok as long as it is a short duration, acute response.  However, sometimes our immune system can be chronically stimulated for long periods of time, which will cause significant damage to our body. Interestingly, diet has a substantial impact on inflammation in our body.  Foods that are pro-inflammatory Trans fats – Trans fats formed through process like hydrogenation or partial hydrogenation to produce semi-solid oils is probably the most detrimental substance we can consume. It is a type of fat that is not useable by our…

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trans fat

Most of the fats in our diet are beneficial.  We need to have fat to make cell membranes, produce certain hormones, transport dietary fats in the bloodstream, produce bile, make energy, absorb fat-soluble vitamins, produce lung surfactant, and produce myelin on nerve cells.  But there is one type of fat that has no beneficial effects at all and is detrimental to our health because it is highly linked with chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes….and that is trans fat. Look at the diagram below to see what the molecular structure of a trans fat looks like in comparison to a healthy unsaturated fatty acid like that found in olive oil.  Notice how there is the tiniest of differences in location of hydrogen along the carbon chain beside the double bonds.  That is all it takes to change a healthy cis fat into an inflammatory, disease-promoting trans fat.  Unsaturated…

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