Inflammation and Weight Gain
I’ve also implied that the inflammation we have is ultimately set off by our leaky gut and microbiome imbalance.
I want to talk a bit about inflammation today as it relates to metabolism and weight gain.
While most of us think of weight gain as the result of a bad diet and lack of exercise, I want to challenge this by introducing you to the concept of inflammation and its role in weight gain.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s our body’s natural defense mechanism against damage to our tissues and toxins. Its primary role is to eliminate and detoxify in order to heal the body.
Think of a cut or an injury. The injured area swells up, gets red, and becomes painful and hot.
This is a good thing as your body is responding by dispatching helping cells to ultimately heal as soon as possible.
There are two types of inflammation. The first type is acute inflammation and the second is chronic inflammation.
While acute inflammation lasts a few days, chronic inflammation can last for months or years.
It’s the latter that I want to talk mainly about today because it’s one that most of us are unaware of until it becomes a problem.
Chronic inflammation is due to poor lifestyle, stress, food sensitivities, allergies, poor food choices, and sedentary lifestyle.
Let’s dive a bit deeper with this.
What Causes Inflammation?
As mentioned a few weeks ago about leaky gut, an overactive immune system results in the body being flooded with debris of damaged tissue.
Think of a war zone. After a war, the area where the combat took place is destroyed and it needs to be rebuilt, right? Imagine that after rebuilding, the debris remnants are not fully cleared away.
In relation to our bodies, our immune system was activated but never able to shut off because of the constant influx via the leaky gut, as well as the metabolites (debris) from inflammatory reaction in our bodies.
As a result, the body becomes more and more acidic every passing day.
The toxins build up, keeping the immune system overactive, and it becomes a matter of time before it breaks, resulting in autoimmunity.
Remember how I said that the good army, the normal innate immune response, is supposed to turn on to do it’s job, then normalize again?
Think of that immune response being constantly turned on, and the inflamed state becomes the norm for months and years.
Many of you listening struggle with symptoms years before the final disease. I too have had struggles years before and what do the doctors do?
That’s right, throw you a pill for everything.
That further creates permeability or gap in our gut lining, feeding this inflammatory cycle by activating an already tired immune system.
Are you beginning to see why all things tie in?
Inflammation and Weight Gain
Many of you, due to inflammation, have pain. Fibromyalgia, RA, and Lupus are all inflammatory diseases.
The cell receptors become boggled down and the chemical reactions that clear out the toxins become the problem, making our blood highly acidic and not fluid enough to be efficiently pumped by the heart.
We get edema (swelling) in our ankles, our blood becomes thick and acidic, and we’re told to take coumadin or a baby aspirin to thin the blood.
I want you to think about your car for a moment.
Why do we get oil changes periodically? Because the gunk that builds up in our car needs to be eliminated. It gets too thick and heavy for your engine to run, right?
So rather than asking what’s causing this inflammation, the doctors want to further add a toxic substance to the mix like coumadin and baby aspirin to “thin” the blood temporarily.
Never mind the long term risks to the body.
Slowly, due to pain, you stop moving and everything in your body seems to slow.
Your metabolism, hormones, digestion, heart, brain…….
Things pool in your body, causing a wreck further into acidity.
Inflammation can trigger a monster.
I’ve been there. I gained 25 lbs within a month, slowly noticed my eyes and ankles swell, and noticed my fingers fattening up.
There was no change in my diet and I was actively working out, but I was discouraged because my clothes kept getting tighter.
I was depressed and scared, as I felt this is what happens after having a baby and metabolism gives out.
My doctor prescribed a higher dose of prednisone to decrease my inflammation and it went on this way for months.
Then finally I knew something was wrong. My Lupus inflammation became so bad that it began to attack my kidneys, so the medical answer was to up my prednisone again to a scary high dose. This was infused into me along with a chemotherapeutic agent in the hospital for a couple of days.
Alkaline Metabolic Cleanse
I got out of the hospital so grateful. I was mad at myself for not doing a better job of eating, exercising, and managing my stress.
I was determined to get better. That was 14 years ago.
I am living proof that if you’re committed, you’ll get there. I am the healthiest today than I’ve ever been and there’s not a day that goes by where I forget where I was.
Through extensive research on various diets from macrobiotics, Gerson’s therapy, South Beach, Paleo, Keto, I was able to clearly see that in an alkaline state, the body is able to detoxify, repair, and restore its function to a level far beyond the level it was in before sickness.
Key is to get busy by taking massive action to do the right things. What are the right things? I agree, it’s so confusing out there.
I’m here to tell you, it’s simple.
Understand what to do and why.
- Take on the Gut Restoration Protocol to decrease inflammation and restore your leaky gut.
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water everyday to help flush out the toxic debris as well as to support your cells.
- Commit to moving at least 30 minutes a day. Follow my yoga sequences on my YouTube channel for all levels, everyday, to help your body become metabolically efficient.
- Take a probiotic to build good friendly bacteria in your gut.
- Eat lots of colorful vegetables to feed the probiotics.
- Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep. When we sleep is when our body repairs and regenerates.
Want to go further? Check out our full Alkaline Detox Protocol to transform your body, mind, and soul.
Thanks so much for being here, I’d love to hear comments, thoughts, and questions.
See you next week.
About the Author
Dr. Connie has suffered from Lupus for the last 16 years. As a result, she discovered that a holistic minded approach to health was most beneficial for herself in battling Lupus and for her patients, who battle everything from Autoimmune Disease to Weight Loss. Dr. Connie holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Masters in Public Health (Nutrition) from the renowned Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Connie is a Functional Medicine Practitioner (Certification Pending 2017), a Registered RYT-200 Yoga Teacher & School (Yoga Alliance) and Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance).