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Inflammation - the mother of illness, including Allergies

Chronic inflammation tells a lot about the future of a person's health.

Regularly eating a lot of refined food gives way to inflammation in the whole body. When you nourish your body with a lot of processed food, tissue damage will go on and on and on and in time all kinds of health troubles will appear.

Refined foods? What are they?

Refined foods are all the foods that have been highly processed. Those kinds of foods harm our health because all the essential nutrients contents have been stripped off by the processing together with all the fibre. Some examples are: white flour, white sugar and white pasta.

What to do to protect your body from inflammation?

Fruit, berries, omega 3 from oily fish and even the right kind of supplements can stop, and reverse, years of damage!

So how much omega 3 do we need every day?

The government suggests a daily intake between 250 to 500 mg per day from different sources (plants, fish, seeds and nuts). If you realise that you have a diet lacking these essential elements, try supplementing for a period while getting used to eating new foods rich in omega 3.

But why do we talk more about omega 3 and less about omega 6 or 9?

Omega 3 has no RDA (Recommended daily amount) but omega 6 needs to be eaten in ratio to 2:1. Some specialists even recommend a ratio of 10:1. Yes, our body needs a little of it in order to remain in balanced conditions and function well.

Omega 6 can be found in nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil. Many of these foods can provide many more essential nutrients, so eating a correct amount will enhance way more than just the right balance between omega 3 and 6.

So, what's the right amount to eat then? Any example?

Yes, here an example.

2 tablespoons of any of these: flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, canola oil, walnuts, free range eggs, mackerel, lake trout or salmon, will give you 3 grams of omega 3. Everyday, we need between 250 to 500 mg of omega 3, so 10 tablespoons of a combination of whatever food listed above you choose to have will give you 300 mg of omega 3.

Now you know why many specialists and nutritionists recommend eating fish many times per week! Omega 9 is important but eating the right amount of omega 3 and 6 will also give you the correct amount of omega 9.

But what will omega 3 (6, 9) do for your health, exactly?

Here is the list.

Omega 3 helps with: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Depression, Anxiety, Overall Brain Function & Health, Immune Function, Many Types of Cancer both in men and women, May reduce risks of certain types of strokes both in men and women.

What about the Alpha Linoleic Acid? How much do we need every day? Is it the same as omega 3? Where do you get it? Is it important?

Alpha-Linoleic-Acid is essential to the body, which is not to be confused with linoleic acid that comes from omega 6 which the body breaks down into yet another acid (called Gamma Linoleic Acid that in turn shifts into another acid! )

The body needs to have all the nutrients in a balanced amount to work well, so, it works really hard to provide all the fatty acids needed for the day. Alpha-linoleic-acid is found with omega 3.

Many studies on this subject reveal that just 2.4g of flaxseed oil (half of 1 teaspoon) will give enough alpha-linoleic-acid for that day. How important it is to have healthy habits and to teach them to the next generation to prevent illnesses in the future!

Written by:

Annamaria Fasulo. She studied Medicine, Homeopathy, Metamorphic M., NLP Practitioner and she is a Nutritional Coach.

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