anti-inflammatory foods

The link between chronic inflammation and weight gain

There’s a secret weight-loss saboteur lurking within your body you might not be aware of. Internal stress can cause it. So can environmental toxins. Eating a poor diet also leads to it. It’s called chronic inflammation, and it’s rampant and widespread these days. It’s up to you to take preventive measures to stop inflammation in its tracks, and keep it from disrupting your well-intentioned weight-loss regimen.

What is inflammation?

Science tells us again and again that there’s a direct link between chronic inflammation and our ability (or inability) to shed those extra pounds. Chronic inflammation is different from acute inflammation. You can think of acute inflammation as your body’s response to an immediate problem — a stubbed toe or bug bite, for example. Your body knows how to heal. Part of that healing process results in a brief and necessary inflammatory response.

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, lasts longer. It happens internally, and over a longer period of time. It’s a response to a larger problem within the body. The larger problem might be chronic stress. It could be a bad habit such as smoking or indulging in too much alcohol on a daily basis. Eating too much sugar and/or processed foods laden with chemicals and pesticides also causes chronic inflammation. Environmental pollution such as poor air quality and impure drinking water are also triggers.

As you probably realize, it’s tough to stay inflammation-free in our modern world. However, there are ways to decrease your odds of living with chronic inflammation, while supporting your efforts to lose weight.

Chronic inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and weight gain

If you’re dealing with chronic inflammation, you will no doubt have digestive issues. Leaky gut syndrome is one such problem. It damages the digestive tract as well as other bodily organs and functions. In fact, joint pain, food allergies and sensitivities, headaches, lack of energy, thyroid issues, bloating, and weight gain are all common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. Studies show that leaky gut syndrome often results in diabetes and obesity as well.

If you suspect your inability to lose weight has to do with chronic stomach inflammation, consider taking a leaky gut syndrome test. You’re a prime candidate for this test if you’ve been experiencing food sensitivities or other allergic reactions to what you’ve been eating lately. Regular constipation and/or diarrhea are also red flags.

Anti-inflammatory foods

To increase your chances of losing weight and reducing inflammation, add the following foods to your diet: spring water, fermented veggies like kimchi and sauerkraut, sprouted seeds, organic fruits and vegetables (especially berries and leafy greens), wild-caught fatty fish like salmon, grass-fed meats, avocados, and coconut products.

Inflammatory foods and other factors

Whether you suffer from stomach inflammation or not, it’s important to eliminate toxic, inflammatory foods and other factors from your diet. These include antibiotics, NSAIDs, tap water, refined oils, processed foods and sugars, and conventional dairy products. Even grains that haven’t been sprouted can be a problem.

You deserve to maintain a healthy weight without powerful saboteurs standing in your way. Eating a clean diet and drinking pure water is one of the best ways to stop inflammation in its tracks, and achieve the weight loss goals you’re after.

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