When we have chronic inflammation ,it can impact on digestion,metabolism,hormone levels ,our cardiovascular health etc.Chronic inflammation can lead to leaky gut syndrome.Leaky gut allows substances from foods and other sources to leak into the bloodstream.When we have inflammation in the body ,it can make weight loss harder.A study in 2019 found that C-reactive protein(a key inflammatory marker in the blood)increased with weight gain.It appears to get triggered by hormonal and metabolic changes and reduces with weight loss.Inflammation can lead to insulin resistance.Leptin is an important hormone that tells the brain when to eat and when to stop eating.Studies have shown that the way that Leptin works is changed with inflammation .Too many processed foods ,lack of sleep,extra stress and insufficient exercise will not help inflammation.It is important to focus on reducing inflammation for your health and to lose weight!
How To Reduce Inflammation
1.Additives,chemicals and colouring in processed foods are possible sources of irritation and inflammation,so it is important to incorporate as much fresh, wholesome, home cooked food as possible in your diet.
2.Eat foods with anti-inflammatory effects such as Omega -3 fatty acids ,anti-oxidants and phytochemicals.Fresh vegetables(especially greens),fruits ,fish,nuts,seeds,beans and plant based oils are all good sources.
3.Get enough sleep.Many Health Professionals now believe sleep is just as important to weight loss as food and exercise.Regular sleep loss can create new inflammation.
4.It is important to strengthen the Gut’s microbe barrier to reduce inflammation and reduce the chances of Leaky Gut.Get more good bacteria cultures like yogurt and Kimchi,sauerkraut,Kombucha and miso.
5.Reduce stress-Find new ways to redu ce stress such as meditating,walking,Tai chi,and yoga.Low grade inflammation won’t reduce unless stress levels are managed.