The Anti-Inflammatory Diet is a program based on good nutrition and exercise.  Together they make a powerful team to prevent disease.

Colorful foods and healthy oils (omega-3s, olive) are chosen because they best fuel and support exercise. These foods also repress pain and inflammation. This program can thus be considered as an anti-inflammatory diet.

Serious athletes and weekend warriors will both benefit by the food they eat because colorful food will help them recover from exercise and extend the quality time in their life. Colorful foods are beneficial to all athletes, regardless of age, skill level or ability. They help professional and talented athletes improve performance and help older athletes recover faster.

Colorful carbohydrates improve the health of all athletes. Together with vitamins and minerals, botanicals provide all the micronutrients that an athlete needs to cary out cell reactions. The wide assortment or library of antioxidants recommended in this book are intended to prevent the generation of free radicals or neutralize them, thus removing the threat.

Furthermore, recovery from exercise requires proper rest and replenishment and the removal of harmful lactic acid. During the recovery period, athletes repair their damaged collagen and muscle fibers, replenish glycogen stores and repay the oxygen debt caused by exercise.

This program is based on the premise that every athlete (children, teenager or octogenarian) needs to balance the food they eat with the exercise they perform. Not only in terms of calories but antioxidant and antiinflammatory balance.

Colorful foods are Nature’s clean source of fuel. Since they are natural products, the only harmful compounds are the ones humans add to them. This is overcome with organic foods, which are grown without preservatives and are obviously highly recommended.

The practice of preventive nutrition requires exercise. Any and all types of exercise. Exercise that is properly fueled and provided with a full spectrum of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds improves metabolism and health.

One of the purposes of exercising while young is to maintain proper movement late in life. The opposite of proper movement is arthritic movement. Arthritic movement is restricted movement. The Athlete’s Diet promotes proper movement and can be considered an anti-arthritic diet. Athletes, who follow this  approach will delay the onset of chronic diseases and increase the number of quality years in their life.

There are many assumption I make in this book. One of them predicts that athletes need more nutrients during exercise than they do when they are sedentary. While not revolutionary, it does call into question the validity of the levels assigned by included on food labels as Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI).

Exercise improves health. The absence of exercise causes disease. Exercise also creates inflammation, free radicals, swelling, pain, and injury.

The Athlete’s Diet anticipates these events and includes a selection of natural products to minimize the harmful effects of exercise.

Sedentary Life

High protein diets are sedentary diets. They slow down the metabolic machinery of mitochondria. They shut down the production of the enzymes that regulate the citric acid cycle. They throw a monkey-wrench into the cell’s metabolic pathways.   High protein diets are recommended by its advocates because they produce weight loss. High protein diets depend on the inefficient conversion of fat into energy. They intentionally gum up cellular respiration to force the body to rely on the oxidation of fatty acids to fuel activity.

Although it helps sedentary and overweight people lose weight, athletes should avoid diets geared to these people and their metabolic type.

Athletes who follow a high protein diet are damaging their bodies by failing to provide all the essential nutrients needed to properly recover from exercise.

Athletes require a library of compounds to prevent molecular and bodily injury.  These pigments, saponins, and alkaloids are found in foods that grow in the ground. They are not found in meals rich in meat or those that severely limit the carbohydrate content of their foods.

As the reader progresses through this book the importance of these colorful and odiferous phytopigments will become apparent.  Not only do these molecules make foods look, taste and smell wonderful but they prevent diseases, repress inflammation and delay aging.

A Black Box warning should be required on the book jackets and food labels that promote carbohydrate restricted diets.  These diets assume the absence of exercise.

This program should not be followed by unhealthy people until they have made the first step towards healthiness. Exercise.

Unhealthy non-athletes, who may lead meaningful and productive lives are unhealthy if they are inactive. It is that simple. The foods and botanical supplements recommended are geared to a healthy athlete’s metabolism.  Only athletes attain this state.

Healthy people who work sedentary jobs must find imaginative ways to structure their free time to include exercise. Early morning, lunch breaks, after dinner. The more the demands from the job, the more intense the exercise.

Exercise is built into the lives of farmers, builders and ranchers. They don’t need as much recreational exercise as those who are desk bound. desk bound athletes create sedentary stress. To improve their health, they must stimulate their metabolic systems, outside of work.

The metabolic needs of people who exercise are more than those of sedentary people.

Athletes whose work requires activity are fortunate. But even they must work to improve their aerobic conditioning. For without this vital component of exercise, the anaerobic advantages they gained from manual labor is lost.

Unhealthy people may lead busy lives but it is also an inactive one. Unhealthy people become focused on material success to validate their life and then depend on drugs to cure their unhealthiness.

Children who choose sedentary activities like video games and ‘chilling out’ during their leisure time will be more afflicted with these diseases than children who choose to move.

Leisure Time

Sedentary life creates sedentary stress. Vacation time should relieves stress. Often it doesn’t.

Americans relax their mind while vacationing, athletes exert their bodies.

Americans allow their body to absorb more stress on vacation through the unhealthy practices of inactivity, overeating and serious drinking.

Package sun vacations offer convenience with plenty of rest and relaxation. Unfortunately without exercise, their metabolic systems remain repressed. Vacations are another way Americans remain inactive. Sunbathing doesn’t burn calories, just skin.

Vacations are a great remedy for sedentary stress if they include strenuous activity. Athletes should choose vacations based on activities like hiking exploring and rafting instead of pre-packaged ones.

Athletes who push their bodies during vacations run a higher risk of injury just as weekend warriors do. Being active during daily leisure time is far more beneficial than two weeks of pain.

Athletes benefit from exertion while those who lounge on beaches don‘t. There is always an excuse to not exercise. Athletes find ways to workout. Walk, run, bike or swim. On land or in water, athletes need to move.

One of the great secrets of travellers is that beaches all over the world are amazing places to workout. Even the fancy resorts with reclining chairs and waitress service can be run on. And you don’t see a city any better than by jogging at dawn.

Athletes find ways to move. Consistent and regular exercise. There are no quick solutions to ease the misery and suffering of the unhealthy. This book just educates athletes on the best ways  to avoid becoming one of them.

Elitist Approach

This guide is written for athletes, a minority of Americans who are devoted to movement. While the wealthy use their day to earn and spend money, athletes finds ways to burn calories.

The Athlete's Diet is an elitist approach directed to a small group of elite individuals, athletes. Not just the professionals who earn astronomical incomes from their skill, but all athletes.  Athletes share a common love to exercise.

Athletes who view exercise as a religion and the pathway to good health. Athletes who believe exercise is the healthy way to feel good. Athletes who believe exercise is cool.

The Athlete's Diet depends on the fruit of exercise to achieve good health. Exertion is the engine that prevents disease.

The residue of Nature’s simple design are the biological adaptations that flow from exercise. These improvements can only occur with frequent, repetitive use. Some of the adaptations immediately disappear when the athlete stops exercising for any length of time, and quickly reappear once exercise recommences.

For example, during periods of regular aerobic exercise, the heart has a surge in the formation of collateral blood vessels. These are the blood vessels that nourish the heart. They become shut down when the athletes stops exercising and the heart no longer needs them.  They can quickly be recruited during exercise.

The positive adaptations that occur following exercise improves the health of athletes.

Negative adaptations are caused by improper movement, sedentary behavior and protein diets.

Movement is healthy. Inactivity is not.

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