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FatFlammation: The Silent Killer of Today’s Lifestyle – Part Two

Healthy life style choices are critical to reducing inflammation. Choose anti-inflammatory foods that include foods high in omega-3 fats such as wild salmon, flaxseed, walnuts and fish oil supplements. Add other anti-inflammatory fats that include avocados, extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil and flaxseed oil.

Opt for veggies and fruits as they are high in inflammation-reducing antioxidants, phytochemicals and micronutrients that can reverse, reduce and protect you from FatFlammation and put you on the road to optimal health. Every day have peppers of any variety (hot or not), onions, kale or spinach and garlic for example. Hot peppers in particular have a compound that hinders the production of a neuropeptide.

Include proteins that will quell the smoldering fire of low-level FatFlammation by balancing your blood sugar and increasing muscle mass that will help to shed fat. Look for meats that are grass fed as they are high in omega three fatty acids and organic pasteurized eggs. Saturated fat found in some proteins is fine in moderation, however an excess of it will trigger the inflammatory response.

Add powerful spices to your foods – it does not take much to achieve an anti-inflammatory effect. Spices such as ginger, turmeric, garlic and onions will add that punch to further reduce the FatFlammation.

Stay away from refined (processed) carbohydrates such as refined flour and sugar, junk food and foods high on the glycemic index. These foods take your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride and excessively trigger insulin.. all the while creating low-level inflammation. Your insulin sensitivity is one critical marker of optimal health.

Exercise is just as important as nutrition in reducing FatFlammation. Exercising most days of the week will reduce the low-level inflammation and along with the right nutrition, help you reduce your weight.

Exercise helps to reduce inflammation in a variety of ways such as increasing the quality of sleep, reducing the stress response and it improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin – exercise helps keep the levels of insulin low.

Keeping your body’s insulin levels low is one of the most important actions you can take via nutrition and exercise to prevent silent inflammation from rearing its ugly head and help to create optimal health.

By protecting yourself from the health consequences of FatFlammation, you will not only lose weight, but you will be safe-guarding yourself from the ravages of illness, disease and faster aging.

One small change at a time will help you to get on that exciting road to optimal health all the while feeling younger, healthier and more vibrant.

Take that one step today!

Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC is America’s #1 Fat Loss Expert and best-selling author of ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!’ and the Health Expert for the ABC Show “Good Morning Texas” She is recognized as one of the “Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts” by the Huffington Post and the ‘Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts’ You can find more about her here:

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FatFlammation: The Silent Killer of Today’s Lifestyle – Part Two

FatFlammation: The Silent Killer of Today’s Lifestyle – Part One

Did you know there is a type of inflammation that is lurking within your body, 24/7 doing its dirty work unbeknownst to you? It is the core cause of most illness, disease, faster aging and weight gain.

Ask most people what inflammation is and they will be quick to point out that it is those achy joints or backache. This is very true too, however, inflammation can wield its stick in many ways and one type is commonly undetected.

There are three types of inflammation that can present itself in our bodies. The first type is Acute Inflammation. This type of inflammation is necessary and helps our bodies heal and without it..we are sitting ducks. In other words, we would not be alive. It is really like having your own special army of chemicals and special messengers that rush to the injured site to wall off and defeat the invader. You know this is happening when the site turns red, warm, swollen or there is pain – it’s uncomfortable.

But did you know there is a type of inflammation that is lurking there, 24/7 doing its dirty work unbeknownst to you? This inflammation is called Silent Inflammation and most illness, disease, faster aging and weight gain are a result of low-level inflammation. For example, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and much more are all directly related to silent inflammation.

However, there is a specific type of inflammation due to weight gain and obesity that I have coined ‘FatFlammation’ that creates a lethal cluster of health conditions that go hand-in-hand with each other such as: heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. You can look at FatFlammation or Silent inflammation as like having a sore on the inside of your body that never heals.

Fat cells are like small factories churning out lethal amounts of inflammatory molecules that not only further slow the metabolism, but increase the inflammatory response; the more inflammatory molecules – the more weight gain and thus the more molecules that get spewed out and it becomes an ever-increasing vicious cycle.

Fat is not only an inert, benign tissue and it is not just the physicality that is the only issue – it is also the damaging compounds it contains and the damage that is wields.

Americans have the highest level of silent inflammation in the world, in fact, 75% of our population. Why is this statistic so high? Two words: Lifestyle choices.

To help reduce or prevent FatFlammation, focus primarily on nutrition and exercise. Dietary choices are the most important lifestyle choice you can make. We now know that regular consumption of processed, junk foods including sugar every day can set the stage for poor health down the road. Remember that regular consumption of certain foods leads to silent inflammation; which then creates insulin resistance, leptin resistance and a whole host of other conditions that go hand in hand with overweight and obesity.

To help prevent, reduce or reverse FatFlammation, eat a diet that excludes processed man-made foods or fast foods as these foods can contain high concentrations of omega 6 fats and not enough of the beneficial omega three fats found in corn products, safflower, peanut, soybean oils as well. It is this imbalance between the two types of fats that create FatFlammation.

Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC is America’s #1 Fat Loss Expert and best-selling author of ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!’ and the Health Expert for the ABC Show “Good Morning Texas” She is recognized as one of the “Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts” by the Huffington Post and the ‘Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts’ You can find more about her here:

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FatFlammation: The Silent Killer of Today’s Lifestyle – Part One

3 Top Keys to Prevent Inflammation

Remember the last time you stubbed your toe? Had a head cold or an athletic injury? THAT is inflammation. Can inflammation be a good thing? Yes, in its simplest sense, inflammation is a tactic of our immune system to help us heal. Our bodies use inflammation to repair damaged tissue and to eradicate bacteria and viruses, for example.

Inflammation, however, can be a two-edged sword. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic (or silent). Acute inflammation gets your attention right away such as with an athletic injury – it hurts. But silent inflammation is a result of our immune system that goes out of control. It is much like putting gasoline on an already burning fire. It is insidious because it goes on 24 hours a day. You cannot feel silent inflammation until the cumulative damage begins to talk to us, if you will, in the form of diabetes, arthritis, weight gain, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, faster aging, symptoms and much more.

Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D. says it best in his groundbreaking book, ‘The Anti-Inflammation Zone‘ Silent inflammation is simply inflammation that falls below the threshold of perceived pain.”

What is the pay-off for reducing or preventing inflammation? You will think with clarity, have more energy, and prevent illness, disease and symptoms and as an added bonus? You will look younger, healthier and more vibrant.

Cooling the heat of inflammation starts with these three tips:

Tip One:

Avoid Foods That Trigger Inflammation

The first step in cooling the heat of inflammation on a cellular level is to pay attention to your diet.

Avoid the following foods:

Poor fats: Polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as cottonseed, safflower, corn, sunflower oils and commercially prepared peanut butter.

Partially hydrogenated Vegetable Oil(trans fat) found in many packaged and processed foods, deep fried foods, fast foods, commercial baked goods and those prepared with partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and vegetable shortening.

Sugars of all varieties including fruit juice.

Refined carbohydrates such as white flour products, white rice, and white bread, desserts and processed foods.

Tip Two:

Exercise is Powerful.

Exercising only occasionally can trigger inflammation but a consistent program most days of the week is a powerful tool in preventing and reducing the inflammatory response. There is a strong correlation between exercise and reducing whole body inflammation. The use of exercise is key in creating optimal health and longevity.

For example, exercise can prevent heart disease which is now thought to be a result of poor lifestyle choices and these choices can lead to not only heart disease, but other inflammatory conditions as well. Many studies have found that exercise reduces C-reactive protein, and other inflammatory compounds. Exercise also raises your good cholesterol (HDL), helps with anxiety and depression, builds strong muscle and bone which is important to optimal health, and has a tremendous impact on our emotional health as well.

Tip Three:

Supplements Are Necessary

If you want to fight disease and achieve maximum life span, you can’t do it with diet alone. You need the extra nutritional boost that only supplements can provide.

We are a nation plagued with nutrient deficiencies for a variety of reasons. Poor diet stands at the forefront but stress, allergies, pollution, smoking, and allergies, all contribute to a lack of optimal health. Depending on how long our food is stored, the amount of pesticides used, whether organic or conventional, and often our conventional food is grown in nutrient-depleted soil. And lastly, some individuals require more of certain nutrients than others.

We need to ensure that our antioxidant and nutrient intake is high to help keep inflammation in check. In doing so, you will not only protect against deficiency but create optimal health as well.

The following supplements are key in preventing or reducing inflammation:


  • Multiple Vitamin/Mineral
  • B-Complex Vitamin (100 mg)
  • Vitamin C (2,000 mg)
  • Resveratrol (150 mg)
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (50 mg)
  • CoQ10 (100 mg)
  • Calcium/Magnesium (1,000 Calcium/600 Magnesium)
  • Curcumin (150 mg)


By Eating foods high in antioxidants, avoiding processed foods, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly will all help with the healing process by reducing inflammation in your body.

Avoiding foods that trigger the inflammatory response, exercising and adding supplements, you will profoundly prevent and reduce inflammation.

The upshot of implementing these 3 tips? A longer, healthier, youthful and more vital life.

If you would like to learn more about how I will customize your path to optimal health, please visit me here: and while you are visiting, please sign-up for your FREE eBook “The Health Attraction System” your guide to optimal health.

Lori is the Health Expert for the #1 ABC show “Good Morning Texas” She was named one of the “Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts” by the Huffington Post. She is a professional speaker, author, weight loss specialist.

Lori L. Shemek, PhD, CNC, CLC, is Founder and President of DLS HealthWorks. Lori has devoted the past 20 years practicing and teaching others how to easily CREATE OPTIMUM HEALTH in their lives. Lori is the Co-Author of “A Practical Guide On Aging Parents And Nutrition.

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