Updated: Jun 29, 2021
We often meet with clients that never shake the “full” feeling. They either never feel hungry, or eat very little then simply stop eating as their body is too stuffed to continue. If I were to ask them to define “full” it would be compared to eating too much, feeling bloated, post-Thanksgiving dinner, or simply the heavy pressure in your gut. Ironically, inflammation can feel the exact same way.
In short Dr. Ken Kaufman says it best, “Inflammation is an immune response that results from cellular damage.” While inflammation comes in many shapes and sizes, technically there are two separate types.
Acute - Most people are familiar with this type of inflammation as it’s the redness, heat, and swelling around a physical injury. When cut your finger, or bang your elbow on the table, acute inflammation is your friend as it aids in the healing process. You want acute inflammation to occur.
Chronic - Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is like a fire in your body. Except you can’t always feel this fire. "It's a smoldering process that injures your tissues, joints, and blood vessels, and you often do not notice it until significant damage is done," says Dr. Andrew Luster, of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The damage might show up as arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer's disease.
Now, when I refer to the “full” feeling, I’m speaking of chronic inflammation. The smoldering process in your digestive tract that can stem from a variety of reasons:
Poor diet - Your inflammation could be a direct result of a poor diet. Fast food, flour, sugar, soda, high fructose corn syrup, fried foods, overly processed snack food, too much meat, and not enough fiber can add up to a disaster of a digestive tract.
Lack of nutrients - Whether you’re not consuming enough nutrients in your food or whether you’re unable to physically absorb the nutrients due to leaky-gut, etc. you may have some serious deficiencies.
Lack of good bacteria - Environmental toxins, gmos, household chemicals, and processed foods are a few examples of how your good bacteria can be depleted.
Overfeeding bad bacteria - Just as good bacteria can be depleted, the bad bacteria thrive on sugar and flour. A diet rich in both of these will guarantee bad bacteria have a solid hold on your gut.
Yeast overgrowth - This is a direct result of the thriving bad bacteria. When you have a yeast overgrowth, any flour or sugar will feed the bad bacteria and cause bloating, fatigue, UTIs, etc.
Medications - Common medications will strip your gut of good and/or bad bacteria. It’s important you know the dangers, risks, and side effects before taking any medications. But most of all, find out the alternatives and educate yourself. It’s your body. You only have one.
Laxatives - Using laxatives can be like using a firehose to wash your car. Not only will you take off the dirt, but you may take off the paint as well as shatter the windows and ruin the upholstery. Get it? Again, seek alternatives and find the root of the problem and fix that.
Antibiotics - It takes up to two YEARS to get your gut to “normal” after one dose of antibiotics. Two years. How many use antibiotics more than once a year?
Artificial sweeteners - Dr. Gundry states a single packet of Splenda can kill up to 50% of your good gut buddies. Read that again. We’ll talk about this more in depth later.
Food sensitivities - Unbeknownst to you, your diet could be filled with food sensitivities. Most people think of food sensitivities as dairy or gluten when in actuality, food sensitivities can be anything from avocados and limes to fried potatoes or garlic. We’ve literally watched clients reduce inflammation by simply taking out one or two foods.
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