376: Is Silent Inflammation Slowing Fat Loss

There is a way to reduce hunger, minimize cravings, burn more fat, have more energy and dramatically improve your health that very few people are talking about: reducing internal inflammation.

We are missing the boat when we think of inflammation only as pain & swelling. It’s so much more than that. Inflammation that we can’t see or feel in the traditional way is often responsible for cravings, hunger, brain fog, headaches, acne, constipation, bloating, trouble losing weight, and so much more.

However, when we talk about the impact of inflammation, most people jump to considering anti-inflammatory foods & supplements. That’s not the best way to go!

That’s kind of like trying to put out a fire with water while you continue to stoke it with logs & newspaper.

Step one when trying to put out a fire is: stop fueling it!

In today’s episode we’re talking about strategies to stop fueling the fire of inflammation.

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How To Stop Triggering Inflammation In Your Body

  • Get a water filter (and here’s an episode I did on the importance of water filters)
  • Eat less sugar
  • Reduce processed food consumption
  • Try reducing common irritants from the following categories discussed in the episode:
    • lectins
    • phytates
    • oxalates
    • mold toxins
  • Minimize or eliminate gluten consumption
  • Avoiding overeating (even overeating whole foods like protein)
  • Get more sleep
  • Stop overreacting – don’t sweat the small stuff

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5 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this episode!

    I have been struggling with obvious inflammation (mine is not the silent kind – is very loud and obvious) for about a year now. My inflammation tests have been through the roof without any sign of improvement and my doctor’s remedy has been to put me on prednisone which does relieve the symptoms (but adds other ones like extreme mood swings, grumpiness, and being so hungry it hurts) until I go off the round of prednisone and the inflammation symptoms come back with a vengeance. They are body aches from head to toe in every joint and muscle (literally), migraines, indigestion, heartburn and other stomach issues, mood swings, inflammation in my ears and nose, sensitivity to hot and cold, indescribable brain fog, and massive weight gain (I have gained 100 pounds this year since all of this started – and I don’t eat a massive amount of food). Anyway, my point is that I have been at a loss as to what to do, my hope has been non-existent and I have been trying to find real information on how to eliminate this inflammation and get healthy. There is not a lot of information out there for this very real problem except “try turmeric tea” or other supplements but like you said in this podcast – it’s not going to help compared to the big rock things I can do! You are a life saver Elizabeth and I could not be more grateful for the hope this has brought me. I am going to put into practice the things you mentioned and I just know I will see improvement in my quality of life.

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  2. Beth
    Beth says:

    Hi Elizabeth
    Wondering what milks you recommend ? Do almond milks or other nut/seed milks or butters have the same effect inflammation ?

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    • Elizabeth Benton
      Elizabeth Benton says:

      Great question, Beth. Nut milks are very different from dairy because they don’t have the hormones we see in animal products. However, nut milks trigger inflammation in SOME people from other anti-nutrients. It depends on the individual. I’m not a fan of nut milks personally (based on my own body) but each person will vary in their tolerance of almonds, cashews, etc. Whatever you choose, go unsweetened.

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