Inflammation. What are the Causes?

What Is Really At The Core Of Your Inflammation?

1. Stress:       Cortisol is a very powerful anti-inflammatory adrenal hormone.

When your body runs out of cortisol, perhaps because you have adrenal stress, or you are burned out, you start developing all sorts of inflammatory conditions. You can even develop an auto-immune condition. If you have high levels of cortisol from stress, the receptors on your cells become resistant to cortisol, leading to cortisol resistance. Effectively you have both high and low levels of cortisol at once.

2. Insulin.      Insulin is also an anti-inflammatory hormone. When your insulin level goes high because you are eating too much sugar, you develop something called insulin resistance. There is too much insulin, so your body protects itself by decreasing the number of the insulin receptors on your cells, your body becomes resistant to the insulin, and you develop inflammation.

Insulin is the only hormone that lowers blood sugar. Many people have high blood sugar and inflammation because their insulin can no longer work, or because their pancreas is burned out.

3. Sugar.        Consuming sugar (glucose) causes inflammation because glucose by itself is highly inflammatory. Stiffness, inflammation and pain can be the result of you consuming a lot of carbs and eating frequently.

4. Body fat.    Excess fat on your body produces substances that can cause insulin resistance.

This portion of this Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, What’s Really At The Core Of Your Inflammation?

Is Your Fat Keeping You Inflamed?

Your own fat could be keeping you inflamed.

The fat cell or the adipocyte is not only storage for a triglycerides but it is an actual endocrine gland.  It makes hormones like Liptin, which decreases your appetite, estrogen and several other hormones. It is involved in immunity. It makes stem cells.

It is involved with blood pressure, insulin regulation and TNF alpha, which is a cytokine. A cytokine is a signaling molecule that triggers inflammation. It is pro inflammatory. Your fat cells, specifically the visceral fat in your midsection triggers TNF alpha, which then keeps your body inflamed. That inflammation then causes insulin resistance and then insulin resistance will make you fatter and then more fat causes inflammation and Insulin resistance so they feed on each other. It is a circular mechanism.

If you are severely over weight and you are taking supplements to decrease inflammation that are not working you may have to reduce the fat around your midsection.

What you need to do is the following:

1. Keep your carbs below 20 per day. (Eat carbs that come from vegetables and some fruit.)

2. Do intermittent fasting. This blogger has attached posts that explain intermittent fasting below.

3. Take Vitamin D. Take about 30,000 IUs will help you with inflammation and would be a coping mechanism as you lose weight.

4. Coline is a supplement that helps to take fat off the liver. As the liver fills up with fat it spills over into the abdominal area.

5. Bile salts help reduce fat in your liver. Coline and bile salts work well together to help reduce the fat in your midsection. Bile salts are also an anti-inflammatory.

6. Exercise, if you do 45 minutes a day of long walks that would help reduce inflammation.

These are the recommendations that would help you to lose weight and get rid of your inflammation.

Here are some links in 2HeathyHabits about Intermittent Fasting

  1. Keto and Intermittent Fasting – How It Works
  2. How Much Weight Can I Lose When Fasting?

This portion of thisPost has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Is your Fat Keeping You Inflamed?

What Are the Other Causes of Inflammation?

1. Low cortisol

2. Old injuries

3. Sugar – insulin resistance – use intermittent fasting

4. Grains (gluten)

5. Vegetable oils (high in omega 6)

6. Alcohol

7. Dairy – esp. grain fed (due to high omega 6)

8. MSG (monosodium glutamate)

9. Excessive protein (overloads liver)

10. Excessively cooked foods (destroys liver)

Dr. Berg added the last one.

11. Excessive alkalinity (alkalosis)

This portion of thisPost has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, 10 Common Causes of Inflammation             

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Keto & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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