Friday, September 18, 2009
This info is NOT my own..but it is so important that I want to remember it and to share it. It is from the Swanson Vitamins Health Tip today...9/18/09
Here is what I learned today:
How Inflammation & Weight Loss Are Connected
When people suffering from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, colitis, skin problems and certain cardiovascular complaints came to see Dr. Leo Galland he would put them on a diet of anti-inflammatory foods. Not only would the inflammation clear up, but their weight would drop as well, even if they didn’t need to lose weight. What Dr. Galland discovered and describes in his book, “The Fat Resistance Diet” is it’s all about leptin, a hormone that controls appetite. People who are overweight, contends Dr. Galland, are leptin-resistant, which also goes hand in hand with inflammation.
Foods that are fattening like white flour, white sugar, red meat and hydrogenated oils, as is found in French fries, are inflammatory as well. So it’s not all about calories or carbs or even willpower as much as it’s about whether you’re low in leptin, which will thwart all efforts to lose weight if you are. Further complicating the picture is excessive stress, and lack of exercise, not to mention environmental toxins. These all too common features of the American way of life trigger inflammation and inflammation leads to leptin resistance.
Anti-inflammatory foods such as berries and cherries, walnuts and almonds, whole grains, fish, cabbage, broccoli, garlic and flaxseed, are some of the foods that will heal inflammation, which will in turn lead to weight loss. Dr. Galland has a list of 40 super foods in his book that will help ease inflammation. And not to be overlooked is exercise, a huge anti-inflammatory tool, particularly walking, where you can heal your inflammation, “…slowly, but surely, with every step you take.” Last but not least, supplements can be beneficial too, especially fish oil and antioxidants.