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Natural Weight Loss
Foods to Reduce Silent Inflammation
The more AA you make, the more difficult it is to control silent inflammation.
In other words, an ounce of prevention (reduction of AA formation) is worth a pound of cure.
For this, there are a number of very useful and tasty foods to add to your diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
You’ve no doubt heard of the health benefits of extra-virgin olive oil.
These benefits have been known for centuries.
Olive oil is both rich in monounsaturated fat and low in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
The true health benefits of olive oil come from a unique phytochemical called hydroxytyrosol found only in olive oil.
Hydroxytyrosol appears to work just like aspirin does.
It’s good that something as tasty as extra-virgin olive oil can have significant anti-inflammatory benefits.
Unfortunately, most extra-virgin olive oils sold in America have only trace amounts of hydroxytyrosol.
Olives are a fruit, just like grapes.
Different varieties of olives have different levels of hydroxytyrosol.
The higher the levels, the more desirable (and costly) the olive oil.
Frankly, most of the good stuff never leaves Italy.
Try this simple taste test.
Take a teaspoonful of olive oil and put it in your mouth.
It should have a buttery taste, not a bland oil taste.
Now swish the oil along the top of your mouth with your tongue until it hits the back of your throat.
You should notice a very pepper-like taste.
If you don’t, then the oil contains virtually no hydroxytyrosol, which means it has virtually no health benefits.
Don’t despair if you find your extra-virgin olive oil isn’t so special.
You can get the good stuff – send us an email if you have trouble finding it.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $40 a bottle, which we realize is more than you’re used to paying.
But isn’t the reduction of silent inflammation and your health worth it?
Our recommendation for extra-virgin olive oil: Have a total of 2-3 teaspoons a day of true extra-virgin olive oil.
You should have 1 teaspoonful at each meal drizzled onto low-fat protein or cooked vegetables.
If you can’t get the really good stuff, then consider eating olives imported from Italy or Greece.
If they’re rich in hydroxytyrosol, you’ll notice a distinct peppery taste.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger come from a group of phytochemicals called xanthines.
These xanthines are a much weaker biological equivalent of corticosteroids.
Our recommendation for ginger: Use fresh ginger as a condiment as much as possible.
Chop it into stir-fry, or grate it into a salad or into a fish or chicken dish.
It’s possible to get capsules rich in xanthines at specialty health food stores.
Aloe vera is well known for soothing burns on your skin.
The gel-like material in the aloe vera leaf works as an anti-inflammatory to calm the redness and swelling associated with a burn.
Aloe vera is also rich in glucomannan, which has some unique wound-healing properties.
How does this translate into relieving silent inflammation?
If you take it orally, it’ll help dampen inflammation in your digestive tract, which in turn will help you absorb nutrients more effectively.
Our recommendation for aloe vera: Take a tablespoon of organic aloe vera each day.
Use it as needed to alleviate inflammation in skin burns.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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