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: http://dlsHealthWorks.com/
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