Did you know that inflammation is a hidden killer? When we get inflammation on the outside, it is easy to see how it harms us. This same process happens inside our bodies regularly, especially when we are ill or eat something bad.
Inflammation is not actually out to “get us”. The fact of the matter is that inflammation is a healthy, natural response to injury, invasion, or illness. When inflammation is a short-lived stressful burst of symptoms, it is doing a very important task.
It’s when inflammation doesn’t go down that we have a problem. Either we are suffering repeat infections, which are constantly wearing us down, or we are not recovering from inflammation even after the original cause is gone. Both of these (repeated infections and not recovering from them) are considered chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation is terrible for us.
Inflammation is meant to be a single stressful spike to help the body recover and defeat an enemy. When this stress is dragged out, our entire body suffers.
High carb diet?
When we eat a high carb diet, we encourage inflammation. First of all because we store glucose when we eat too many carbs. For every gram of glucose that we store, we store three of fluid. This fluid builds up, making our bodies heavy and sluggish.
When we eat too many carbs we are also eating many irritating foods. High carb foods have inflammation-causing elements to them, such as fructose, gluten, or lectins. If we eat a little of these, we wont suffer. But if we eat too much of them, our gut flora are disrupted and we will suffer inflammation.
High fat diet?
When we eat enough fats, we reduce and limit the effects of a high carb diet. Because, quite simply, we are eating fewer carbs, and therefore fewer inflammation-causing elements. When we eat too many carbs our blood sugar rises, so our insulin rises and moves the sugars to muscle and fat tissue, which crashes our blood sugar, which makes us hungry again.
Dietary fats also fight inflammation on their own. When we have enough vitamins, we fight off infections fast and our bodies don’t need to produce as much inflammation. All round, dietary fats will reduce your risk of inflammation.
With fats in our diet, our appetites will be more even and we will overeat less often.
Fats are great antioxidants… and more!
Dietary fats also fight inflammation on their own. Healthy fats have antioxidant and vitamin-driving properties. Omega oils, especially omega 3 which is lacking in the modern diet, are some of the best antioxidants available. Dietary cholesterol has been found to reduce overall cholesterol, but increase good cholesterol.
Dietary cholesterol also helps create hormones, establishing hormonal balance. Many different fats also carry oil-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin E and Vitamin D. All vitamins are essential to maintaining a strong immune system. When we have enough vitamins, we fight off infections fast and our bodies don’t need as much inflammation in the process.
Simple summary: dietary fats will cut your risk of inflammation.
Low carb, high fat diet — in brief
By putting our eating focus onto fats and fiber, we reduce our intake of inflammatory foods. For many of us, white breads, dairy, and syrups are regular parts of our diets. Not to mention artificial flavorings and colors. All of these foods can be allergenic, and if we eat too much of them most of these “goodies” will cause irritation.
When our diet is low carb, high fat, we reduce the influence these foods have on us. Instead, we swap them for moderate portions of fish, nonsweet fruit, leafy greens, and low carb roots, all of which are richer in nutrients and fiber and have anti-inflammatory properties.
There’s a lot to be said for trying a low-carb high-fat diet, eh?