The Deflame Diet is about eating healthy foods and understanding how healthy anti – inflammatory foods support normal body function. When this is understood it is easy to avoid the confusing and often contradictory notions about nutrition. Compared to other diet books, the Deflame – Inflame paradigm explains the science behind the diet plan. It also explains why we don’t feel well, why we are tired, why we get depressed, why we hurt, why disease develop, why we have cravings, why we get fat and when why getting fat makes us fatter and why fat prevents us from losing weight.
When on considers health all one has to do is look at Traditional Inuit Eskimos whom consume a high fat diet without disease. Also, the Masai of Africa whom live on meat, blood and milk of their cattle and have no related heart disease or other chronic disease. Dr. Vilhjalmer Stefansson, an anthropologist whom wrote a book titled The Friendly Artic in 192. Whom spent 9 years in the Artic Circle living mostly on fatty meat wrote that it wasn’t saturated fatty acids from red meat that clogs arteries.
More recently Dr. Aseem Malhotra, London-based cardiologist and adviser to the National Obesity Forum, went on to state it’s the dangers of preservatives from processed meat (nitrates and sodium). It’s the polyunsaturated omega 6’s trans fatty acid corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut, cottonseed and soy oils that cause clogged arteries.
Also when you talk saturated fats there are populations in the world that consume high levels of saturated fatty acid’s from coconuts. Such as the natives of Kitava (New Guinea) and Tokelaula (Pacific Island). With up to 45% of total calories coming from coconuts in the case of Tokelaula and yet neither populations suffer from wide spread heart disease.
Therefore when one considers chronic disease, several lifestyle factors promote the development of the signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation which can lead to chronic disease and this is the simple formula. Prolong stress, a lack of exercise, insufficient sleep and a pro-inflammatory diet of omega 6 fatty acids from the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) While knowing the Body Mass Index can be faulty given the nature of body composition. The normal markers that lead to increase Metabolic Syndrome are:
1. Fasting Blood Glucose > 100 mg/dL
2. Fasting triglycerides > 150 mg/dL
3. Fasting HDL Cholesterol < 50 women < 40 men
4. Blood Pressure > 130/85
5. Waste Circumstance > 35″ women 40″ men
With these signs in mind that increases inflammation in your body. The general blood test to determine inflammation is called high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) which is an inflammatory protein. The liver which produces increasing amounts of CRP based upon the level of circulating cytokines, particularly inter- leukin 6. These cytokines are released by less overtly injurious signals, such as eating inflammatory foods, sedentary living, smoking tobacco, lack of sleep, stress and weight gain all of which elevates CRP.
Although your liver is the primary producer of CRP, new studies have shown that CRP is produced by disease tissues and by various cell types including macrophages and cells in the blood vessel walls called smooth muscle cells and endothelical cells. Increasing evidence indicates that CRP is not just a biomarker for inflammation. But it has a direct influence on pro-inflammatory actions and produces pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Many incorrectly believe hsCRP is a specific marker for only heart disease risk. However, elevated CRP is found in many chronic illnesses. Such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, osteoarthritis and back pain. This means one thing and one thing only when elevated hsCRP are present you’re at risk for chronic dis-ease.
As within this book Seaman details the science of inflammation and in one chapter describes how the human digestive system should never be exposed to high levels of sugar, flour, and the dreadful omega 6 seed oils. With the consumption of these calorie sources doing two primary things 1. increases the small intestine content of bacteria (called SIBO) 2. reduces the fiber to the large intestine which causes constipation (which eliminates any chance of getting toxins out.
When ones diet is comprised of 20% calories from sugar, 20% calories from flour and 20% calories from refined oils. Their is a lack of fiber to stimulate contraction of the muscles in both the small and large intestine. So musculative aren’t properly exercise and the normal balance of bacteria between the small and large intestine aren’t achieved.
Also when you have normal jejunum of bacteria between the small and large intestine nutrients can be properly absorbed into the human body. Also if to much bacteria is present they produce endotoxins and they can be absorbed as though they were nutrients. Other nutrients that can off set this balance is gluten and lectin from whole grain food!!!
Also get your moments in the sunshine the vitamin D content of the sun has anti inflammatory benefits. Vitamin D which is measure at 25 (OH)D, the form produced by the liver and sent to other cells for conversion into 1,25 (OH2)D is another form of vitamin D. While the normal level is states 25(OH)D is 32- 100 ng/ml., vitamin D researchers suggest we should reach at least 40 -60 ng/ml and perhaps into the 90 – 100 ng/ml for pro found anti inflammatory benefits. To reach this level the average person needs to get adequate sunshine between the hours of 10 am to 2pm or be taking 2,000 – 10,000 IUs of supplement vitamin D per day under supervision of a Naturopathic Doctor.
The importance of an anti-inflammatory diet and how to implement it into your everyday life is addressed in this interview with Dr. David Seaman.