Inflammation’s Role in Weight Gain

Inflammation’s Role in Weight Gain

Has inflammation caused you difficulty?

Chronic inflammation can be a bit of a downer resulting in discomfort and pain.

Did you know inflammation is actually a function of your immune system and has a function? It does, and it’s actually a vital function at that!

Perhaps most surprisingly and unexpectedly, inflammation, as much good as it does, also can lead to weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight.

All of which positions inflammation as a double-edged sword in that it is vital to healing but can be both painful and weight unfriendly.

Inflammation is a function of the immune system and it is designed to actually protect an affected area of the body. So you can see where reducing inflammation itself kind of interferes with the overall healing of the problem the inflammation is protecting.

But the pain, discomfort and, yes, weight gain can present another problem altogether.

What most people don’t realize is that the injured or unwell areas of the body that the inflammation is “protecting” have a cause. The inflammation is a secondary reaction. Primary would be the cause of the entire problem itself.

What is the most common issue? Not to oversimplify but, deficiency of basic nutrition (caused by malnourishment or depletion) is a popular, fundamental cause. It’s hard to believe in this day and age that people can be suffering from malnourishment, but when you consider the quality of today’s foods sources you understand that while most of us have plenty to eat, the nutritional quality of the food is lacking.

The replacement of the missing nutrients can, all by itself, have some pretty miraculous effects by comparison, especially when it comes to inflammation.

So, not only can this type of approach handle the inflammation (reducing it and making it unnecessary), it can then reduce pain and allow for weight loss to actually start working where it had been halted prior.

That’s why weight loss programs and approaches that reduce pain by addressing inflammation work so well and why many “diets” fail. It also explains why weight loss programs work for some and not for others.

What can you do? Well, it’s simple…

Provide nutrition to your body through diet and supplementation focused on providing nutrients that are essential to prevent inflammation-triggered conditions from occurring.

Factually, deficiencies of certain vital nutrients can add up to inflammation. And that adds up to weight gain for many!

Foods known for their anti-inflammatory properties include green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collards, nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, and olive oil.

For many people, changing their diet has been a solution to lessen their chronic inflammation and associated discomfort, pain and weight issues. Perhaps it could be for you, too.

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