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Anti-Inflammatory Diets:
Are They Right For You?

By: James Allen

Research has shown that inflammation in our bodies can raise our risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Inflammation can make us miserable during allergy season too. Luckily, anti-inflammatory diets have been shown to help in certain situations. Read on to find out if this type of diet is right for you.

Research has clearly demonstrated that an imbalance in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids not only causes inflammatory conditions, but promotes heart disease; all types of cancer; pain; neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's; and most other degenerative diseases as well. In order to combat any of the aforementioned problems, one has to look to inflammatory foods as a preventative measure.

Loading up on junk foods and fast foods which by now you know contain dangerous trans fat; tend to make you feel worse. They often contain ingredients that can irritate inflammation. These "bad" foods also contain excess sugar. Evidence suggests that excessive amounts of sugars and refined starchy carbohydrates like white flour can also aggravate inflammation.

While whole fruits and vegetables are important for their vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants, some vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant may actually make inflammation worse. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can prevent dehydration, which can increase inflammation symptoms. A diet filled with steamed vegetables; nuts; beans of every variety; grains; fish and fish oils; chicken; turkey; fruit; and herbal teas will prevent the inflammation in your system from wreaking havoc in your body.

High-intensity training is an anti-inflammatory booster. In a recent study involving a group following a program of high-intensity intermittent-training lost nine times more fat than those following a normal endurance training program. It would therefore seem sensible to assume that this group should have burned more fat; but over the course of the study it was actually the interval training group that burned the most fat.

The researchers discovered that interval training increases the bodies resting metabolic rate, and thus your body continues to burn fat after you stop exercising. This means that on an interval training program you can burn fat even while you are sleeping or watching television.

Before you begin the training, you need to warm your body up, and prepare it for exercise. Warming up is very important as it helps prevent injuries. Start by jogging at a slow pace for five minutes. Perform some stretches for five minutes, paying particular attention to your calves, hamstrings, ankles and buttocks. Slow jog for another five minutes.

To begin the interval training, try and run at 80% of your maximum capacity. This does not need to be an exact pace, but run at sprint speed while focusing on the fact you can run a little faster, if necessary. Keep breathing at a regular pace when running. Sprint at your 80% pace for 30 breaths or 120 paces. Jog at a slow to medium pace until you have recovered your breath, which should be after about three minutes. Repeat the sprint and jog cycle three times; then warm down by jogging in place for three minutes, and stretch your muscles again for five to ten minutes.

As with any diet or exercise program, consult your physician first. Make certain that you get any questions you have answered. You may just discover that anti-inflammatory diets can be right for you if you follow the previous guidelines.

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