Struggling to lose weight? Inflammation might be to blame!
Chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of countless disease processes, as well as premature aging, and, for many people, difficulty losing weight.
So… what is inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s immune response to certain triggers. Small amounts of inflammation protects the body from foreign pathogens, and also preserves normal tissue repair. However, when unchecked, inflammation results in abnormal cellular responses. The result: interruption of normal blood circulation, poor digestion, loss of mental clarity, thyroid and adrenal hormone imbalances, and decreased reproductive capacity.
Inflammation results from a variety of internal and external factors. Infection, toxin exposure, stress, and radiation all result in increased inflammation. The stealthiest cause of chronic inflammation, however, is diet.
There are certain foods that promote inflammation in nearly all people. Modern farming practices and modifications to foods are increasingly to blame. But apart from this, the human body evolved consuming different foods than what is readily available in modern grocery stores, and therefore, it is simply not equipped to eat certain foods in the volumes that have become normalized in the Standard American Diet. When consumed in excess, the body views these foods as foreign and cannot assimilate them appropriately, so an immune response is triggered.
Top pro-inflammatory foods include:
Anti-inflammatory foods, on the other hand, provide the body with the nutrients it needs for optimal functioning. People on anti-inflammatory diets generally experience improved energy, improved mood and digestion, and healing from any number of inflammatory conditions. As a bonus, they also more easily drop lingering weight, which can result from low level inflammation.
As a rule of thumb, anti-inflammatory foods are as close to whole plant-based and unprocessed as possible. Ideally they are organically sourced so they contain less environmental toxins. When we consider animal protein healthy, we need to recognize that based on industrial farming standards today, it is near impossible for animals to be raised in truly healthy environments where they have space to move, are fed only a vegetarian diet their entire lifespan, and not given additional medications to enhance growth. Farmers cannot sell animal products and make an income if they actually did what was best for animals and not for humans.
Top anti-inflammatory foods include:
If you struggle with stubborn weight, low energy, mental clarity, hormone imbalance, inflammatory skin conditions, or poor digestion, an anti-inflammatory diet may be the key to reversing your symptoms and experiencing true healing.
Want more support with stubborn weight?
Jessica Kolahi, PA-C, LAc, will be hosting focused group weight-loss programs for women, based on an anti-inflammatory diet with intermittent fasting. The first cohort is specially designed for moms, and launches September 16th, with additional groups for women nearing menopause in the works, slated to begin this winter.
In her own healing journey, Jessica released 18lbs of persistent post-partum weight in less than 2 months using this approach. The Reclaim for Mamas program includes a comprehensive diet that has helped thousands of individuals release 15-30 lbs of inflammatory weight in a matter of 6 weeks, as well as weekly coaching and an online community for support. This program launching in September is for moms who would like to:
Learn more at: www.ReclaimForWomen.com
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