Inflammation dude! Did you know that its a real problem in our bodies right now for us living in the West? It leads to a whole pile of well known diseases.
There are a few causes of this, in my opinion the big ones are our diet, heavy metals and the level of toxins in our environment. When it comes to our diet the commercial food industry provides many foods with very high level of inflammation causing omega-6 in them. In this article (which was an absolute cracker by the way) I discussed how the eggs we eat come with an unnaturally high imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 ratio due to the animals being fed an unnatural diet of grains. The reality is it's not actually that hard to get a big imbalance, if you have a commercial pizza, fried food or packaged food with about 20 ingredients on the packet then you're probably whacking down a pile of omega-6's, might be tasty but not so cool your body bro! The average person has normally 10-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3.... crikey mate! there are so many foods now that contain high levels of omega-6 that are causing this issue, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or eat animal foods it doesn't really matter.
Why should we be concerned about this inflammation carry on? well it leads to a host of well known diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, alzheimer’s, obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease.... yikes!
Crikey so what can we do about it? well we can limit the high intake of omega-6 foods for a start and consume more foods high in omega-3 so we have a healthy balance. The biochemical engineer Ivor Cummins its a good source on this idea, but avoid high omega-6 inflammatory causing foods - commercial foods that include some of the real bad guys in them like these oils:
These are all cheap omega-6 plant oils and are in most processed foods. Don't be fooled by the labelling which can be a little misleading, 'vegetable oil' is actually usually one of the cheap dodgy oils too....
You can also do what I do and take an omega-3 supplement. Most omega-3 supplements contain fish oil or seaweed and tend to be pretty pricey, but I've recently come across a vegan option which I believe is a little beauty for all diet types. This particular product is very high quality sourced from algae (its what fish eat to get their omega-3's) and is just as good as the other options if not better and comes at a much friendlier price too. As well as a great amount of omega-3, it also comes with evening primrose oil which is the special omega-6 oil containing HCA's which are actually anti-inflammatory not like the usual pro-inflammatory omega'6 oils.
I guess on one hand here we are taking a supplement when the food we eat should be natural and healthy but unfortunately its not always. On the other hand this supplement is a great simple option and is pretty cheap to boot. The recommended dosage on the packet says 2 a day but one a day will be just fine.
So how do you get this stuff? well you can pick them up from me next time you're in clinic or here's a link for you to get more - and also get a 5% discount off the normal price - bonza mate!
And with this link I'll also get a small commission so I can go and buy a 1 year old cherry red Ferrari (I wouldn't want a brand new one as the interior of a brand new car out gasses a massive amount of toxins especially in its first year).
If you are an egg eater then I have a strategy for you.... about 20min before you start your meal with eggs bang in one of these supplements - as omega-3 and omega-6 use the same enzymes and receptor sites in the body you'll get the good guys in first rather than so many omega-6's from the eggs coming in and stealing the show. Professor Brian Peskin has some interesting material on this subject of you want to take it deeper.
Righto, thats all for now, just off to go Ferrari shopping, love and peace we can do this!