If you are training at any particular sport you will have at some stage come across inflammation. Now what a lot of athletes don’t know is that you can get better results from altering your nutrition slightly with regards to poly unsaturated fats (Omega 3 & 6).
Fats, they are bad news?
No, your body requires fats to perform at it’ best, as well as Protein and Carbohydrates. So what’s the deal you’re asking me?
With today’s processed foods come an increase in Omega 6 rich ingredients oils, wheat and cereals to name a few. This in turn compared with Omega 3 rich foods such as oily fish, oysters and chia seeds (this is only a few) there is an imbalance in the majority of the population. Take our example living in Toowoomba, we don’t get regular access to fresh seafood compared to our favorite holiday spot on the Sunshine Coast.
Think to yourself, what did you have last night for dinner? A Pizza or a plate of salmon? Now, I’m not saying go and eat a plate load of oily fish, I’d be the first to think twice about that.
Back to the better results for your training, Omega 6 is a pro-inflammatory compared to Omega 3 which is an anti-inflammatory, so when we lift weights, run training or kettle bell training, small tears happen to our muscle fibers producing micro inflammation. With Omega 3 being at a good level in our system, it can do its job and reduce that micro inflammation and help us recover quicker compared to having an abundance of Omega 6 in our system.
Now, the right ratio is around 1:1 for our systems, we still need Omega 6 for daily living, so don’t drop Omega 6 completely.