Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury, infection and toxins. Inflammation can manifest itself as a fever when you have the flu or as redness around an infected paper cut. Even if it doesn’t feel like a good thing at the time, it is part of the healing process. But when your body’s response mechanism is on high alert all of the time, the result is chronic inflammation and it can result in lasting damage to your brain, heart and other organs.
Inflammation and Weight Gain
Excess weight, particularly “belly fat”, is one of the most common causes of chronic inflammation. Pumped up cells around the midsection generate molecules called cytokines, which emit inflammation signals. The bigger the fat cells, and the more there are, the more inflammation that results.
New research shows that insulin resistance plays a role in chronic inflammation. In fact, researchers are now referring to this specific condition as metabolic inflammation. Inflammation can be a root cause for anything from obesity, stroke, heart disease and cancer to diabetes, depression and allergies.
What causes metabolic Inflammation?
There are a number of factors that contribute to metabolic inflammation, including abdominal fat and obesity, a poor diet, too many Omega-6 fatty acids, alcohol consumption, insulin resistance, environmental irritants/allergies, psychological stress, lack of sleep and menopause.
What can I do to fight metabolic inflammation?
Increased physical activity, eating more fruits and vegetables, plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and getting adequate sleep will all help fight inflammation.
The Lindora menu plan also features a selection of foods considered “anti-inflammatory,” including:
- Lean protein
- Citrus fruits containing vitamin C and vitamin E
- Dark leafy green vegetables
- Low-fat dairy
- Whole grains
- Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
If you are looking to decrease inflammation, the Lindora program can be a great fit. All aspects of the Lindora weight loss program are designed to minimize chronic inflammation and create healthy life-long wellness.