Updated: Dec 15, 2020
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Article Review By: Kristy Snyder Colling, Ph.D. and Robert Coben, Ph.D.
In previous blog posts, we have discussed ways in which inflammation can affect brain health. Today, we will cover the connection between inflammation and belly fat. This is an important connection because the amount of fat around the middle, or belly fat, can predict a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance. As fat levels increase, the amount of insulin increases. Insulin facilitates the storage of glucose into fat, muscle, and liver cells. As these levels increase and the longer these levels stay elevated, our bodies become less responsive to insulin. As a result, glucose stays in the bloodstream rather than beinNog stored. Increased glucose in the bloodstream over time leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, this increased stress on the body triggers an immune response – inflammation.
Our diets play a major role in modulating inflammation, so by making changes to what we eat, we can greatly reduce our risks of the health problems mentioned above. For example, diets high in processed sugar and flour, fried foods, and processed meats greatly increase inflammation, while foods like fish, green tea, avocados, berries, leafy greens, and even turmeric are known to reduce inflammation. Below is a quick reference for foods that facilitate and inhibit inflammation. If you would like more information on how to improve your diet and to learn how to make dinners with anti-inflammatory foods please contact us. Our health coaches would be happy to talk to you about our nutrition program!