Inflammation and Weight Loss
- Inflammation may be the underlying mechanism of chronic weight gain
- Inflammation causes blood sugar to be stored as fat
- Processed carbohydrate intake promotes inflammation
New research over the last 3 years directly implicates micro-inflammation of the arterioles as a primary culprit behind weight gain, trouble with weight loss, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. This kind of inflammation you don't feel or notice, but it slowly damages your ability to use food for energy. Over time, this kind of inflammation promotes circulatory disease and type 2 diabetes.
How inflammation makes you fat.
- Eating creates wear and tear on your cells.
- Cells become inflamed.
- Cells that are inflamed cannot use insulin correctly.
- You get fat.
The simple act of eating food, all food, promotes damage at a cellular level. Think of your car. The simple act of burning gasoline creates wear and tear on the engine. Some gasolines burn cleaner than others. Your body is in a sense, very similar. Food creates wear and tear on the cells of your body. Some foods create wear and tear much faster than others
Inflammation is evidence of wear and tear on your cells and arteries. When you eat some of the matter you ingest is laden with free radicals or things that convert to damaging substances such as Advanced Glycation End products (AGE's). These substances cause damage to the delicate fats that make up your cells, or two the fragile DNA within the mitochondria of your cells.
The cells that line your arteries perform a key function. These cells move sugar from your blood into your cells.
Your body has a natural 'reducing' system of enzymes. These enzymes neutralize free radicals, AGE's and other damaging substances.
Here is the key point - the bodies protective enzyme system becomes overwhelmed by diets high in processed food!
Simply put, your system of protective enzymes becomes exhausted. When this system becomes overwhelmed, you experience what is known as 'oxidative stress'. Simply put, oxidative stress is a state of accelerated rusting. When you are under oxidative stress, the cells that line your arteries become inflamed. When the cells that line your arteries become inflamed they cannot use insulin properly.
When you can't properly use insulin, your body has no choice but to store your blood sugar as fat.