In the final analysis, it’s all about your genes, especially how an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Zone Diet, can turn off inflammatory genes and simultaneously turn on anti-inflammatory genes that promote cellular rejuvenation, repair and healing. Your ability to control inflammation becomes the molecular definition of wellness. Furthermore, both physical and mental performance are optimized with an anti-inflammatory diet.
Dr. Sears presented on this relationship between diet, inflammation, disease and performance to a crowd of CrossFitters on August 8, 2009 in Tustin, CA.
The first part includes Coach Greg Glassman’s introduction of Dr. Sears. The two started working together back in 1994. Then Dr. Sears introduces this basic relationship.
In the second part, more details about “silent” inflammation, the kind that doesn’t create pain, but can be around for decades and cause many of the common long term illnesses. The perfect storm causing the worldwide epidemic of obesity consists of refined carbohydrates, cheap vegetable oils, and reduced Omega-3 consumption.
In the third part, Dr. Sears talks about how the Zone is the best diet for reducing silent inflammation. The Zone is a moderate diet in which the hormonal response to food is balanced (through controlled quantities). The net result is reduced insulin secretion, reduced Omega-6 fatty acid intake, and reduced production of toxic fat (which leads to better athletic performance).