Inflammation blocks your GI tract and causes your body to store fat
Foods like vegetable oils and GMO’s cause inflammation
Anti-inflammatory foods quell inflammation and are the key to sustainable weight loss
If you’ve ever tried losing weight, you are all too familiar with the feeling of despair when nothing seems to work.
In recent years, anti-inflammation diets and highly inflammatory foods have come into prominence in mainstream media. But, inflammation is to health and wellness, what Bitcoin is to Wall St: everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon, but nobody really knows why.
So here’s a quick primer on why cutting inflammation is so necessary to losing weight.
What is inflammation?
There are actually two types: acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation is the swelling sensation you get when you fall and graze your knee. It’s a natural response designed to heal your skin cells.
Chronic inflammation is swelling, but inside your body. It happens because your body thinks it’s under permanent attack, which causes it to produce even more inflammation in order to protect you.
A poor diet, lack of sleep and stress all promote inflammation. In each case, your body is waging war against itself because you neglected the very foundations that keep you alive in the first place.
How inflammation causes weight gain
When your body is inflamed, it is unable to absorb nutrients because inflammation has manifested in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract comprises the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, and other organs. When these constituents are inflamed, nutrients are blocked from entry, leaving you unsatisfied and hungry. The net effect: you eat more.
Not only that but when nutrients are not absorbed, the body kicks into starvation mode, clinging onto fat and storing it for energy as a survival tactic. This is why reducing inflammation is critical to losing weight.
Foods to avoid
Cutting back on the following pro-inflammatory foods will support your body’s chemistry in achieving sustainable weight loss.
- GMO crops
- Non-organic produce
- Vegetable oils (canola, corn, soybean, sunflower, safflower, peanut, cottonseed)
- Processed foods and refined carbohydrates (candies, cakes, chips, frozen meals)
- Cereals (except oatmeal)
- Hard cheese
Foods to eat (anti-inflammatory)
Just as corporations gave us pro-inflammatory foods, nature gave us the anti-inflammatory army. Up your intake of these foods to win the war against fat.
- Green Leafy Vegetables (Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Kale)
- Bok Choy
- Blueberries (ramp up in the summer, when they are in season)
- Good fats: which provide high doses of omega 3 fats (DHA/EPA/ALA – see here) and are some of the most powerful agents in reducing inflammation:
- Bone broth
- Coconut oil
As always, pushing for health.