Almost every lifestyle disease today is affected by chronic inflammation. Some researchers would say that if you can eliminate chronic inflammation, then you can significantly reduce all diseases.
If this is true, then the question is:
How Do You Get Relief From Chronic Inflammation?
And more importantly:
How Do You Prevent Chronic Inflammation?
To understand the answer to both the “relief of” and “prevention of” chronic inflammation you need to understand the eicosanoid pathway.
Just as there is an endothelial pathway for the creation of nitric oxide for improved cardiovascular health. There is also an eisocanoid pathway that significantly influences inflammation in your body.
Chronic Inflammation – The Eicosanoid Pathway
The easiest way to understand the eicosaniod pathway is to view it as a light switch. If you want the lights on in your room (inflammation), then you flip the switch to “ON.” If you want the lights off, then you flip the switch to “OFF.”
The eicosaniod pathway works the same way. This pathway helps turn on inflammation when it’s needed. And once your body has used inflammation to help in the healing process, then it turn off this process.
As in nitric oxide therapy were nitric oxide is the signaling molecule used to create vasodilation for improved blood flow, the eicosaiod pathway uses two signaling molecules.
One that is pro-inflammatory.
And one that is anti-inflammatory.
Pro-inflammatory signaling molecules are produced from omega-6 fatty acids. And anti-inflammatory signaling molecules are mainly produced from omega-3 fatty acids.
Chronic Inflammation – Your Microbiome Impacts Weight Loss
If you read my previous blog on how your microbiome impacts weight loss you will remember that steps 1 and 2 directly center on this issue of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. As I shared in the article:
Step #1 – Eliminate omega-6 vegetable oils from your diet. Ones like
While the food industry, and our government, have tried to convince us that these omega-6 vegetable oils are safe and heart-healthy, they are not.
These oils are inflammatory, and help create an environment that allow Firmicutes to flourish, which then creates toxins that your body has to address.
The easiest way for your body to remove these toxins from your system is to store them in fat cells.
And the more toxins your gut microbiome produces, the more fat cells your body needs to store them. The result is weight gain through larger and more fat cells.
Not only do the omega-6 vegetable oils affect your microbiome and weight management, they are also the main trigger that turns on inflammation.
When used properly inflammation can be a good thing as it’s involved in the wound healing process.
But when the “light switch” is left on, then it becomes chronic inflammation, which contributes to almost all disease processes.
Now you need to do more than just eliminate these omega-6 vegetable oils from your diet. You need to do:
Step #2 – Replace the omega-6 vegetable oils with omega 3 healthy fats like:
Fish Rich in Omega 3s
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
When used in weight management studies, these healthy, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats create an environment where healthy gut flora can dominate, which lowers inflammation levels, produces significantly less toxins, and increases the probability of weight loss.
And as we’ve seen, they also act as signaling molecules to turn off inflammation.
Omega-3 fats also play a significant role in the prevention of:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Neurodegenrative Disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease
- Type II Diabetes
- Atrial Fibrillation
The bottom line to all of the above information is that the key to the “relief of” and “prevention of” chronic inflammation is eliminating omega-6 fats from your diet. And replacing them with omega-3 fats.
This one change can have a profound health benefit for every organ and organ system in your body. As well as improve your endothelial health and function for improved blood flow.