Inflammation causes chronic illness
Uncontrolled inflammation is considered to be one of the leading causes of most chronic illnesses today – our bodies are riddled with inflammation. These illnesses include Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s etc.
Modern diets create inflammation
The inflammation appears to be caused by a major shift in our diets, which are changing faster than our bodies are able to cope. Our bodies were evolved for digesting a far more natural, nutrient rich, fibrous and less inflammatory diet.
Food additives, sugars, carbohydrates, processed seed and vegetable oils all feature highly in today’s processed foods. They’re cheap, poor in nutrients and they’re misleading us all inexorably on a path towards ill-health.
We’ve strayed far from mankind’s natural diet
200,000 years ago, mankind existed on a diet of pure natural, organic foods (wild lean meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, and honey). This is the vitamin and mineral rich diet with perfectly balanced essential fatty acids to which our body is most suited. Some call it the Paleo diet.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids balance is crucial
Man’s original diet created a 1:1 ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) in our bodies. Our cells’ structure evolved to operate at this ratio. Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, whilst Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. We need more omega-3 and less omega-6.
Stray too far from this ideal balance and inflammation occurs.
Omega-3 comes from …
Omega-3 fatty acids come from oily fish (eg salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines etc), flaxseed, nuts (eg walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts etc), leafy green vegetables.
Omega-6 consumption is out of control
With the start of agriculture, and the introduction of mass produced, intensively farmed cereal grains as staple food, we’ve seen a steady increase of omega-6 EFAs at the expense of omega-3 EFAs. This has accelerated hugely over the past 50 years with cattle being fed more grains.
Added to that omega-6 fatty acids, which are found also in processed seed and vegetable oils, especially soybean oil, of which our consumption has increased 1,400% in the past 50 years. All of which creates a perfect storm.
Imbalance of Omega-3 to Omega-6
Our bodies are being ravaged by the imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3. Our diets have taken us from approximately 1:1, to a ratio of 16:1, or much worse. The consequences of this to our health are dire.
No-one knows about this – Dietary guidance is misguided!
I was totally ignorant of all of this, as I think are most people. My diet was severely lacking omega-3 fatty acids, and heavily over-burdened with omega-6. I was almost certainly suffering from inflammation and, I think most people with Parkinson’s are in that same situation. As a consequence our gut and brains are greatly inflamed.
Read all about the right diet in Parkinson’s Recovery
By going to the Diet page in Parkinson’s Recovery, you can read all about the right diet and which is most likely to put you back on the road to restored health.
It’s entirely based upon research which showed an immediate and substantial lessening of Parkinson’s symptoms when people switched to the new diet.