1. Inflammation and Immune Function
Science has been saying for at least the past 2 decades that inflammation is the trigger to ALL disease including things like asthma, arthritis, autoimmunity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, etc. When we are overweight, our fat cells release inflammation into our surrounding tissues. However, there are also other factors that promote inflammation. Infections (including hidden viruses), mold toxins, food allergens (gluten, eggs, and dairy), environmental toxins, and a processed diet full of sugars, bad fats, and chemicals are all factors that contribute to inflammation.
2. Environmental Toxins
As mentioned previously, environmental toxins are a common trigger for inflammation which affects your metabolism, hormones, and brain function. Unfortunately in today's society we are inundated with toxic exposure. We shower in toxins, bathe in toxins, eat toxins, drink toxins, rub toxins all over our skin, etc. etc. etc. Fortunately, God created our bodies to handle toxins through a natural process that occurs all of the time in our bodies. The problem develops when those natural processes become hindered due to the onslaught of the 80,000 + toxins in our environment.
Every cell in your body has a tiny powerhouse (mitochondria) responsible for turning oxygen and food into energy. If your mitochondria are functioning optimally, then you burn calories and have a fast metabolism, conversely, if your mitochondria are damaged and sluggish, they burn fewer calories and you have a slower metabolism.
There are many reasons that your mitochondria might be functioning poorly. A poor diet is your most likely culprit. When you eat processed foods loaded with chemicals and sugars and refined oils you overload your mitochondria and damage their ability to burn calories. Other factors include toxins like plastics, metals, mold, pesticides, and infections and stress that create oxidative stress and damage your mitochondria.
Steps you can begin to implement today to reduce your inflammation and toxic exposure and improve your mitochondrial function is to eat organic as often as possible. You can look on the Environmental Working Group's website at their "Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen" list to see which foods need to be strictly organic. Removing processed and junk foods from your diet and replacing those with grass fed and pasture raised products will help to limit your intake on toxins and unhealthy fats. Also, making sure to drink plenty of water and getting enough fiber in your diet will help with elimination processes and removal of toxins.
While this is not an inclusive list, it is at least a starting point whereby you should begin to see improvements in your overall health and weight. As always, at Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve the best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. We specialize in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information.