Inflammation has been in the news a lot lately. Not just inflammation
but silent inflammation. Itís been the topic in countless newspaper
articles and TV news reports. So whatís all the fuss about silent
According to Dr. Barry Sears author of The Anti Inflammation Zone,
Silent inflammation is inflammation that you canít feel and whatís more
average Americans are leading a lifestyle that causes chronic silent
inflammation. He also states that silent inflammation is the first sign
that your body is out of balance and you are no longer well. You canít
feel it but its grinding down your heart, your brain, and your immune
system. Itís insidious and is the greatest threat to your wellness.
When over produced by the body, three hormones - Cortisol, Insulin and
Pro-Inflammatory Eicosanoids - contribute to silent inflammation and
set the stage for disease.
Dr. Sears states that wellness is ultimately dependent on the levels of
cellular inflammation and especially silent inflammation found in your
body. If you have what he calls screaming pain or an existing chronic
disease then you know your arenít well. However silent inflammation is
different because itís ongoing inflammation that is under the pain
threshold, itís difficult to detect and you canít determine it by sight
Your first line of defense against silent inflammation is the Zone
Diet. The Zone Diet was designed to reverse silent inflammation. The key
to keeping silent inflammation under control lies in keeping your
glycemic load high enough to avoid ketosis and low enough to avoid excess
insulin secretion. You also need to balance that with the proper amount
of protein and fat. Itís really not that hard. You can learn all
about the Zone Diet by reading either of Dr. Searsí books, The
Anti-Inflammation Zone or The OmegaRx Zone.
The other single most important thing that you can do to control silent
inflammation is to take a daily supplement of high-dose, ultra-refined
fish oil. Itís not the cod liver oil your grandmother used to take.
Itís the new generation of fish oils Ė the ultra-refined, ultra-pure
fish oils. These fish oils have less than 10 parts per billion (ppb) of
Mercury, less than 45 (ppb) of PCBs, less than 1 part per trillion (ppt)
of Dioxins and less than 13 meq/L Total Oxidation. These fish oils are
not the fish oils found in health food stores or supermarkets. It
takes 100 gallons of a health food store grade fish oil to make one gallon
of the new ultra refined fish oil recommended by Dr. Barry Sears in his
book, The Anti-Inflammation Zone.
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