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Is Inflammation Contributing to Your Weight Struggle?

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Do you constantly feel puffy? Do you often feel bloated after meals? Are you still carrying around that extra stubborn weight that you just can’t seem to lose? Well, get ready to have your mind blown, because the culprit may not be what you expect!

A Surprising Reason Why You May Feel Fat

First, you are probably inflamed, and your inflammation may be the biggest reason you feel puffy and just can’t shed those pounds. That may not feel like the best news, but it could be empowering to learn that if you take some simple steps to address inflammation, you may be able reduce bloating and even get rid of some of the fat.

What is Inflammation?

First thing’s first. Let’s better understand exactly what inflammation is. Inflammation is a component of the body’s defense mechanism. In some contexts, small amounts of inflammation can be a good thing. For example, your body will induce a temporary fever to help ward off foreign pathogens. This causes an intentional inflammatory response to help you get better. However, long term inflammation caused by the foods and drinks we consume, the way we handle or mis-handle stress and the gut factors in our bodies when chronically taxed and imbalanced, all can create a big fat-making problem which can make us feel unhappy, fatigued and generally less than optimal.

Why Inflammation Prevents Us from Losing Weight

What this means, is that if you engage in chronic overeating, waiting too long between meals to eat, eating trans fats, sugars and too much caffeine, consume alcohol, smoke or vape, have chronic stress, and don’t get quality sleep (all of which can manifest in high levels of body damaging inflammation) Then you will trigger 3 fat storing hormones: insulin, leptin and cortisol.

The 3 Fat Storing Hormones

  1. Insulin is a hormone that helps control blood sugar. If your insulin response is off, it will lead to appetite increase, weight gain and eventually can lead to obesity.
  2. Leptin is a hormone that tells your brain how satiated or satisfied you are after a meal. It regulates your body’s level of fat by controlling your appetite and metabolism. Chronic inflammation impairs the brain’s ability to receive leptin’s appetite-suppressing signals.
  3. You have all probably heard of cortisol, the “stress hormone” that is secreted into your body (especially your belly) when you chronically stress over long periods of time. Because your body can’t tell the difference between physical stress and psychological or mental stress, any stress your mind or body interprets stresses your adrenal glands. This in turn pumps more cortisol into your bloodstream and when cortisol is too high for too long, it can increase the amount of fat you hold in your belly -- also called visceral fat. 

How to Lose the Fat Caused by Inflammation

Here are some of the top natural inflammation-fighting practices you can start implementing right now

  • Eliminate Inflammation Causing Foods from your Diet. The inflammation is known to be exacerbated by these foods (including and especially some you thought were healthy). These foods tax your body and immune system and can eventually lead to increased fat.
    • Gluten
    • Dairy
    • Corn
    • Eggs
    • Soy
    • Nuts
    • Nightshades: tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, eggplant
    • Citrus
    • Yeast: baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and fermented products like alcohol

  • Eliminate Sugar. When you consume excess sugar, it immediately attaches to your blood cell membranes and forms chemicals called advanced glycation end products (AGE’s). These have a direct and immediate effect on the body. The inflammation caused by sugars degrade other vital organs in your body, including the kidneys, lungs and brain.
  • Control Salt IntakeExcess salt consumption is super inflammatory. Excess salt can also cause you to overeat even when you are not hungry, which blocks your normal hormonal signal telling you that you are full (leptin hormone). The biggest culprits of hidden salt are processed foods and restaurant foods. Prepare as much of your foods from home as possible, and flavor it with other spices, not salt. It only takes a few weeks to retrain your taste buds and get a better hold of inflammation in your body.
  • Take Curcumin (Active component inside Turmeric root)  Curcumin is the powerful anti-inflammatory active ingredient inside turmeric which has incredible healing properties to fight inflammation and oxidative stress. It helps improve brain health, reduces body aches and pains, strengthens digestive health and boosts immune systems with no known side effects. This is a must have in your daily regimen. Weight gain is correlated to the imbalance of the brain, gut and body health and curcumin is a powerhouse that addresses all of these.

  • Try Icelandic and Sea Kelp. This amazing superfood contains great amounts of fucoidan, a complex carbohydrate that is believed to be anti-inflammatory and fights oxidative stress. The fiber in sea kelp also helps to induce satiety or fullness which can help promote weight loss. Different forms of kelp also contain great amounts of iodine which can help to decrease inflammation in the body.
  • Ginger. Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent that provides added digestive support and is also a close botanical relative to turmeric and has many overlapping nutrients and benefits. Research shows that when the ginger and turmeric or curcumin are combined they have an increased positive healing effect.
  • Astragulus and Ginseng. Astragulus is one of the most incredible immune-building plants on the planet and it’s what's called an "adaptogen", meaning it activates when you're under stress to lower cortisol levels which means less inflammation and belly fat.
  • Pineapple. This tropical fruit loved by many contains the enzyme bromelain which supports digestion and is a systemic enzyme that reduces inflammation. It is one of the only fruits (aside from lemons) that leaves alkaline residuals in the body to decrease inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract).

So, if you over being swollen, fluffy, bloated, uncomfortable, achy, hot or inflamed, get your inflammation under control using some of these tips! You’ll start to see a big difference in your weight within the first month. For more on this topic, please visit: www.drnancylin.com.


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