Research suggests that the typical Western diet, high in processed foods, sugar, and saturated fat may trigger the body to release inflam-matory chemicals that stay in the body. This chronic low level of inflammation may be the platform on which several chronic diseases spring, including heart disease, dia-betes, Alzheimer’s disease, some cancers, and aging. Most of the time, however, inflammation is a lifesaver that helps our bodies to fight off various disease-causing or-ganisms.
The instant bacteria, vi-ruses, or other microbes enter the body, inflammation mobilizes a de-fensive attack that lays waste to both invader and any tissue it may have infected. Then just as quickly, the process subsides and healing begins. But sometimes, the process doesn’t shut down and is kept going by a poor diet, smoking, high blood pressure, or another factor. Inflam-mation then becomes chronic rather than temporary. When that occurs, the body turns on itself, and this can result in disease.
Changing some of the foods you regularly eat will boost your body’s levels of anti-in-flammatory compounds and afford you protection against diabetes. You may not realize it, but the Parrillo Nutrition Program™ avoids or lim-its certain foods that are thought to trigger inflammation such as dairy, red meat, caffeine, alcohol, and pea-nuts. Further, it eliminates trans fats—another inflammation trigger. On the other hand, the Parrillo Nu-trition Program™ is big on one anti-inflammatory food: fish.
It contains beneficial anti-inflammatory fats, which have been used in the treat-ment of rheumatoid arthritis, a joint disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Gen-erally, fish oil provides moderate relief from symptoms and makes patients less reliant on anti-inflam-matory drugs and pain medications. The effective dose for arthritis relief appears to be 3 to 6 gm of fish oil per day. Another supplement fat that may be of help in reducing in-flammation is evening primrose oil, which is found in Parrillo Evening Primrose Oil 1000™.