Did you know that chronic inflammation may alter your body’s hunger mechanism and your hormones responsible for regulating your metabolism? If this happens, it results in insulin resistance and may even cause your body to retain water weight. Additionally, higher levels of inflammatory markers are linked to future weight gain.
While any food that is good for you will reduce the levels of inflammation (at least a little bit) in your body, the seven foods here really go a step further in helping reduce this issue, and subsequently help you lose weight.
Fat is what makes up your body’s inflammation regulating compounds, which are called prostaglandins. While there are some that reduce inflammation, others aggravate it. If you want to increase your levels of inflammation fighting prostaglandins, then eating more omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA is recommended. Salmon (and several other fatty fish options) are full of these. Additionally, omega-3s can help reduce levels of inflammation causing bad (LDL) cholesterol. This can help to lower inflammation even more.
Blueberries are an extremely rich source of bioflavonoids. These offer both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a result, it results in fewer free radical and reduced inflammation.
Turmeric gives curry the yellow color, along with a hefty load of bioflavonoids. Additionally, according to research from the University of Texas, turmeric helps to suppress NF-kappa B, which is an immune regulating protein that triggers cases of inflammation.
- Tart Cherries
Hailed as being one of the foods with the highest anti-inflammatory content for any food, tart cherries are fully of antioxidants and anthocyanins, which are both well known for their ability to reduce inflammation as effectively as some types of pain medication.
There are several ways that this food can help to reduce inflammation. It is extremely rich in isoflavones, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. This results in much lower levels of the C-reactive protein, which is a well-known marker of inflammation.
- Green Tea
While there are other blends that are good for this too, green tea has more anti-inflammatory properties than others. Some believe this is because of the higher flavonoid content it offers.
- Whole Grains
In a study that was published recently in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who regularly ate whole grains, such as barley, brown rice and oatmeal, reduced their levels of the C-reactive protein by up to 38 percent compared to those who ate more refined grains. This helps to control weight loss in individuals.
When it comes to inflammation, there are more than a few issues it can cause in the body – including weight loss. To learn more about the options available to help reduce or eliminate inflammation, contact the professionals at Premier Heath and Wellness by calling (512) 531-9451 to set up an appointment. We can provide a thorough evaluation and customized treatment plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals.