[Level 1 is a non-inflammation, non-insulin resistant state. Our body is able to maintain homeostasis, a stable equilibrium, where our metabolism adjusts itself to maintain a steady weight and fights diseases automatically. We look and feel good. This is the optimal phase we would all like to live in.
But the reality is we encounter infections and eat the wrong foods, we lose our ability to maintain a healthy balance. Infections occur which increase inflammation. Also when we eat high levels of sugars or "bad fats", what we often call our "comfort foods", inflammation increases even further.
Each time we become inflamed, we struggle to get back to normal. But sometimes, we don't quite go all the way back. Our body "remembers" our infection and increases its "ready reserve" of inflammatory cytokines, (proteins released by cells of the immune system) and thus keeps our immune system on the edge. Unfortunately, while being constantly ready for the next infection, our body experiences the wear and tear interfering with many of our metabolic systems. Gradually, we move into Level 2, which is chronic low-level inflammation and insulin resistance.
Level 2 involves a powerful chain reaction. Infection produces inflammation. Inflammation produces insulin resistance. Insulin resistance produces weight gain. Weight gain produces inflammatory cytokines leading to more insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance starves our muscles. They react by sending messages that lower our resting energy. Then, the insulin resistance makes us hungry in an effort to feed our starving muscles. Under these conditions, weight loss is almost impossible. We look "fat" to others, but our muscles "think" we're starving... at least chemically. As a result of this starvation, we crave and finally eat more sugars, fast-burning "high glycemic load" starches and saturated fats. These nutrient-poor foods add to our disease. Eating them is preventing or slowing weight loss in spite of our dieting efforts.
As these conditions worsen, we finally begin to show signs of diseases at Level 3 -- cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,hypertension, Alzheimer's, arthritis, stroke, cancer... It's a big list.]
Can we stop this unhealthy cycle?
You betcha! [Reverse the inflammation caused by the high sugar, high fat, low fiber foods by eating colorful high fiber vegetables like sweet peppers, kale, parsley, celery, raw carrots, radishes, onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, cucumber, apples, pears, berries, nuts, plums, grapes, bananas, citrus fruits and so on. Fatty animal products like red meats and dairy are minimized. Lean cuts of chicken, turkey and fish are encouraged. Olive oils and avocado replace other unhealthy oils from corn, soybeans, safflower, and sunflower or other vegetable oils.
People on this anti-inflammatory diet tend to normalize their weight and reverse their heart disease and diabetes, and improve risks for cancer or heart attacks. Arthritis and Alzheimer's symptoms improve as well]. If you want to know more about anti-inflammatory foods go to level1diet.com.