Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Diet, Inflamation and Disease

By Dr. Barry Sears
In Nutrition, Videos

August 21, 2009
The primary cause of most long term illnesses is inflammation, says Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet. New! Part 3 added.

In the final analysis, it’s all about your genes, especially how an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Zone Diet, can turn off inflammatory genes and simultaneously turn on anti-inflammatory genes that promote cellular rejuvenation, repair and healing. Your ability to control inflammation becomes the molecular definition of wellness. Furthermore, both physical and mental performance are optimized with an anti-inflammatory diet.

Dr. Sears presented on this relationship between diet, inflammation, disease.

“Silent” inflammation, the kind that doesn’t create pain, but can be around for decades and cause many of the common long term illnesses. The perfect storm causing the worldwide epidemic of obesity consists of refined carbohydrates, cheap vegetable oils, and reduced Omega-3 consumption.

Dr. Sears talks about how the Zone is the best diet for reducing silent inflammation. The Zone is a moderate diet in which the hormonal response to food is balanced (through controlled quantities). The net result is reduced insulin secretion, reduced Omega-6 fatty acid intake, and reduced production of toxic fat (which leads to better athletic performance).

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