Chronic inflammation is a condition in which our bodies are constantly in an inflammatory and defensive state, and it may be the root cause of many illnesses and diseases, such as diabetes, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. With the body’s white blood cells in constant attack mode due to chronic inflammation, simple diseases can quickly slip past defense barriers and develop into serious disorders.
One of the first signs of inflammation is fluid retention, which causes weight gain. Inflammation also changes the body’s metabolic rate, affecting how food is processed and fat is stored.
Inflammation affects the body differently depending on the inflamed area: the hypothalamus in the brain sends signals that increase appetite and slow metabolism. The digestive system notes insulin resistance and a decrease in helpful bacteria, making the body crave sugar. The endocrine changes that occur include suppression of the thyroid and adrenal glands, which also lead to weight gain.
Fortunately, you can quite possibly regain complete control of your health with a few diet and lifestyle changes, such as:
- Eating a diet free of food allergens to regulate the effects of inflammation. By replacing processed foods, gluten, and sugar with nutrient-dense plants and meat, your body will chemically “reset” itself to stop the immune system responses.
- Eating more omega 3 oils, found in many forms of seafood, which lower LDL cholesterol.
- Choosing coconut or fish oil when you use fats for cooking or sautéing.
- Managing stress because constant stress releases cortisol, which has been proven to store fat and increase the inflammatory response. Stress is normal in small doses, but undue stress contributes to weight gain. Exercise, take yoga classes, and find other stress-relieving activities.
With proper diet and changes in your stress levels, you can successfully maintain a healthy, inflammation-free lifestyle. For more information pertaining to weight reduction and healthy living, read our latest blogs, and call Svelte, the Orlando weight loss experts, at 407-804-5200.