Several studies have linked chronic inflammation to weight gain. In this quick guide, we’ll look at that link, plus 7 foods that can help you lower inflammation and your weight.
1. Isn’t inflammation good?
-At times, yes. If you get injured, for instance, you’ll see swelling and bruising that is your body’s way of protecting itself. Once it’s healed, that inflammation will go away.
2. What’s bad inflammation then?
-Chronic inflammation is bad. This is when your immune system is essentially triggered and activated for a prolonged period of time. This makes you more susceptible to illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more.
3. How does being overweight contribute to inflammation?
-Fat cells create chemicals that trigger chronic inflammation. This happens to those who eat a lot of calories and sugar. When you gain weight, fat cells have trouble storing extra calories as fat. Once they reach this stress point, they send out signals that activate the immune system. Inflammation gets activated as well.
4. How strong is the link between weight gain and inflammation?
-So strong, that studies say it’s linear. In other words, as weight increases, so does inflammation.
5. What’s the best way to fight inflammation and weight gain?
-Eating a proper diet and exercising.
6. Are there certain foods that are particularly powerful inflammation fighters?
- Curry (thanks to turmeric that gives it that yellow color)
- Green tea
- Tart cherries (the best of the bunch at fighting inflammation)
- Whole grains
Eat those as part of your regular diet, and you’ll be well on your way to fighting fat and inflammation…
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