In the second half of our interview with Barry Sears, PhD, we begin by discussing the nature of “anti-nutrients,” such as lectins and phytates found primarily in grains and legumes; best to steer clear of them, at least as staples. Everything you eat will have a hormonal and inflammatory consequence. Regarding consumption of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), adjust based on your level of inflammation–as evidenced by your arachidonic acid to EPA ratio (SIP, or Silent Inflammation Profile)–which will typically mean consuming between 6 and 10 grams of omega 3s per day. Saturated fats aren’t really the villain that the mainstream “experts” have claimed they are; omega 6 fatty acids are more inflammatory. Having a consistent balance of macronutrients is key, consuming more fat (“high octane fuel”), adequate protein, and fewer carbs than typical. Antioxidant supplements tend not to have much empirical support, although polyphenols (found in fruits and veggies) have important health benefits. It’s vital to reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates (flour and sugar or high fructose corn syrup-based products) as well as omega 6 fatty acids, while increasing your intake of omega 3s. And of course calorie restriction tends to increase longevity as well. It’s never too late to get in the zone; you’re only one meal away, after all.
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Why doctors don’t like to talk about antioxidants. – By Kent Sepkowitz – Slate Magazine
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