Avoiding Chronic Inflammation With A High Fat And Protein Diet

Inflammation occurs naturally as part of the body’s immune response. It jumpstarts the healing process by flooding an injury with healing antigens. Antigens and fluids may also become concentrated within the body’s tissues to carry away irritants or foreign bodies (bacteria and viruses). The presence of inflammation does not always indicate the presence of infection.

 

When inflammation becomes chronic, persistent, and ongoing, it becomes a concern. Chronic Inflammation In one area of the body can trigger the inflammation in other parts of the body. For example, a sinus infection can lead to an ear infection while the immune system is compromised which may eventually affect the lungs.

 

In some cases, a low-grade irritant trapped in the tissues, can cause ongoing inflammation and lead to chronic inflammation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a good example; the disease causes inflammation in the intestines when certain foods passing through the digestive tract cause irritation.

 

This ongoing irritation if not addressed causes chronic inflammation. Chronic Inflammation has been linked to the development of heart disease, cancer and the development of other systemic diseases.

 

The Connection Of High Fat And High Protein Diets To Inflammation

 

A high fat and high protein diet leaves the body vulnerable to chronic inflammation. Protein provides the body with the building blocks of healthy tissues, amino acids. Fat provides the body with energy. Protein can also provide the body with energy but must be converted to glucose by the liver and kidneys. Ketones enter the bloodstream when fat is burned for energy when glucose is not readily available.

 

High levels of ketones are toxic to the body. Some tissues cannot use the ketones and require glucose; if there is not enough protein available, the body scavenges protein from muscles to convert into glucose. Basically, the body needs carbohydrates to ensure metabolic balance.

 

Low-carb diets not only negatively affect ready energy sources, they also limit the body’s access to nutrients and antioxidants, which prevent and repair oxidative damage. Fiber is also more challenging to acquire while following a low carb diet. A low carb dieter may only consume 2 to 7 grams of fiber per day, which is well below the recommended 25 to 30 grams.

 

A low carb dieter’s body is forced to draw on its emergency survival mechanisms. This causes a great deal of stress and irritation within the body which can lead to chronic inflammation, because the body is not using the most effective tools to carry out daily functions and repairs. The use of ketones for energy can lead to a toxic state called ketosis. The side effects of ketosis include bad breath, debilitating fatigue, constipation, brain fuzziness, and headaches.

 

Avoiding Chronic Inflammation

 

In order to prevent chronic inflammation, low carb dieters must be selective in their carbohydrate intake. To make the weight loss or desired fitness gains without provoking an immune response, they need to focus on eating carbohydrates with maximum nutrient and fiber density. Examples of low carb fruits and vegetables meeting these criteria include:

 

•Broccoli

•Arugula

•Brussel sprouts

•Avocado

•Greens

•Blueberries

•Raspberries

•Pomegranates

•Kiwi

•Grapes

 

Other superfoods, which supply much-needed antioxidants, are green tea, whey protein, and coffee. Choose colorful and fiber rich fruits and vegetables. They provide the best antioxidant returns for a limited carbohydrate diet.

 

Dehydration also affects low carb dieter’s more frequently and severely; it contributes to constipation and low energy. The body is also not able to dispose of waste as effectively when dehydrated. Fruits and vegetables have significant water content.

 

They supplement any water or other fluids used to keep the body hydrated. Solid food supplies about 20% of the body’s water requirement. Low carb dieters need to pay special attention to keeping hydrated to aid their digestion and overall metabolism and prevent chronic inflammation.

 

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Move over pasta here comes veggies

Try Low Carb Spiral Cut Veggies Instead Of Pasta!

People who switch to a low carb diet don’t have to give up many of the foods that they love.  It just means having to be more creative when you cook.

 There are many different low carbohydrate swaps for high carb-filled recipes that allow you to enjoy, pancakes, pizza, chips, fries and even pasta! Yes, pasta!  

For many, one of the hardest parts of eating low carb is the need to give up pasta that is loaded with starch carbs, but pasta alternatives are made easy with the invention of the spiral cutter! 

Pasta is made from flour which is high in carbs but there are now amazing vegetable cutting tools, that allow you to still enjoy your pasta dishes, in a very low carb healthy version.

Many people who have tried using spiral vegetable cutting tools now swear by them. They have become as important to them as a knife or bowl when preparing healthy meals. 

The remarkable and unique taste of dishes that use spiral cut vegetables combined with the nutritional diet benefits they have has people rushing to learn this new healthy form of cooking. 

What Is A Spiral Vegetable Cutter?

These devices come in a wide variety of models and price ranges. They can be found in different forms, from a hand held spiral vegetable cutter to a machine that you feed the vegetables into that does the work for you. 

The name is somewhat misleading because these devices are excellent at making spiral cut fruits too.

Here are some general guidelines when selecting fruits and vegetables to use in them:

1. Use fruits and vegetables that are very solid, two of the best choices are zucchini and cucumbers

2. Try to avoid using highly irregular shape vegetables and fruits, the straighter the sides the better your spiral cut vegetables will turn out

3. Hollow core vegetables cannot be used

4. A good general guideline is the length of the fruits and vegetables to be cut should be longer than 2 inches and the diameter larger than 1 ½ inch

Here are some examples of fruits and vegetables that typically work well in a spiral vegetable cutter:

• Apples       

• Zucchini 

• Beets        

• Broccoli      

• Butternut Squash      

• Carrots       

• Chayote      

• Cucumbers        

• Onions

• Parsnips

• Pears        

• Plantains        

• Radishes        

• Rutabagas     

• Summer Squash         

Spiral Cut Pasta – Low Carb Style!

Why are spiral cut veggies a good choice? 

• For one it fits the mold when designing a diet that is low in carbs that eliminates high starch foods like pasta

• Another reason is that spiral cut vegetables add some excellent taste and texture to any recipe

• Many savory pasta dishes already feature different vegetables in their recipes to enhance the flavor, so spiral cut vegetables only compliment this trend further

• It is also a well-known fact that it is much easier to maintain a low carb diet when you can mimic and enjoy your carb-filled favorites

So what is the vegetable of choice for making vegetable noodles? 

Currently one of the most popular vegetables to make spiral cut noodles out of is zucchini. 

Once the zucchini has been cut, simply steam the spirals or pour hot water over them to soften them just a bit before adding sauce and other ingredients.

Recipe Ideas

You can make various types of low carb spiral veggie dishes that mimic your favorite pasta recipes.

1. Spiral zucchini with marinara

2. Spiral zucchini with spinach and cream sauce

3. Spiral zucchini with Alfredo sauce with or without chicken and shrimp

4. Spiral zucchini with butter, fresh garlic and parmesan

5. Spiral zucchini with clams

6. Spiral zucchini with sausages and marinara

7. Virtually any other Italian sauce or ingredients you can image

The above can be used as main dishes or even as side dishes to go with your steak, chicken or fish entrées.

There are other vegetables that can be spiral cut to replace starches in recipes including:

• Yellow Summer Squash

• Carrots

• Cucumbers

Give A Spiral Vegetable Cutter A Try

If you are on a low carb diet, then pick up a spiral vegetable cutter and try it. 

You will be amazed how these great high carb swaps will taste. With a spiral cutter, a low carb diet no longer means that you have to cut out your favorite pasta from your menus.

Enjoy and eat well!

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