Hope this finds everyone healthy and happy today. Put up your feet , get comfortable , and enjoy your stay. My picture today showcases another of my recent thrift store finds. This top has everything I love: the color, the style, and of course the bling. I even had perfect accessories to go with it already , including my red FitBit band. And the best part? It cost me a whopping $2.50. Can’t beat that! Now I am going to attempt to do a discussion on certain health issues that can affect weight loss efforts. Things such as food allergies, inflammation, autoimmune disorders (usually involves inflammation), thyroid issues , etc. I’ve had requests to do something like this. Don’t know how many days this will take or where it will lead. But let’s get started and see where it takes us. Well , I think I found something to get us started on the right track. I will of course provide a link to it . I can tell before I even get started that there are links within links, which you will want to explore. This comes from a publication in France. It’s in the health and wellness section of a publication named Chatelaine . Well that sounds French doesn’t it?I’m going to utilize information from an article entitled ” 7 Hormone Imbalances Hindering Your Weight Loss Efforts”. We start with a question. Have you been unable to lose weight, even with diet and exercise? If so one of these imbalances may be the culprit. Unfortunately these imbalances can’t be solved by diet alone,in fact they can prevent successful fat loss even when great diet and exercise plans are in place. Not something you wanted to hear, right? Well let’s keep exploring what they have to say. #1 on this list is the general category listed as inflammation, which includes a large number of medical issues which I will list shortly. Rose ( my sister) and Chris (my cousin) , this section is for you, so pay close attention to everything in this section and explore this entire site at your leisure. Make sure you bookmark anything you might want to return to. The conditions under the umbrella of Inflammation are: Digestive Disorders (link to a whole other page here), Allergies, Autoimmune Diseases, Arthritus,Eczema, Acne, Abdominal Fat, Headaches, Depression , Sinus Issues. All of these are associated with Chronic Inflammation (also link here to another page), Chronic Inflammation has now been recognized as the root cause of Obesity and most diseases associated with aging. This long list should get everyone’s attention. Also of note, at a 2007 Post Graduate Nutrition Symposium, research findings suggest that inflammation and excess insulin are the major contributors to the rising rates of Type 2 Diabetes and the overall fattening of America. This is definitely going to take up a number of days to cover everything. I am going to the next link ( all of the links my information is taken from, will be posted and you can also browse around the entire site at your leisure). We are going to see what this author’s suggestion’s are if you think inflammation is the cause of your problems with weight loss. So here we go . This page is entitled ,” Is Inflammation The Cause Of Your Weight Gain? Six Tips To Help”. Most people think inflammation is just linked to swollen joints. Not so. It plays a role in everything from Digestive Disorders and Allergies to Autoimmune Diseases and Abdominal Fat. And most importantly, it can greatly interfere with your fat or weight loss goals. Before we get to some possible solutions let’s first examine what fat loss has to do with inflammation. Excessive or persistent inflammation leads to tissue destruction, disease , and weight gain. Reducing inflammation is an absolutely vital step in allowing the body to lose unwanted fat. Read this short section and click on something called PPARS to read the medical jargon on it. I won’t delve further into that , but will move on to the six tips or suggestions found here. # 1 Improve Your Digestive Health. 60% of the immune system is clustered around the digestive tract. Compromises to digestion which can include food allergies, bacterial imbalance, deficiency of enzymes or acids, yeast overgrowth , parasites and stress, negatively impact not only the process of digestion, but also our entire immune system Focus on your digestive health first. Read through this section and go to a link I will provide on finding out how well your digestive system is working. On all the pages here, anything in red is a link which has more information to be found. Before we go any further I am going to provide the links so far. First will be the overall link from which all of the information is coming. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/imbalances-halting-your-weight-loss/
Please note that whenever I provide links you see some really hinky spacing which I can’t seem to prevent. In the section labeled inflammation everything in red is another link. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/what-is-inflammation-making-you-fat/. This is the second section we’ve been studying tonight. I’m going to put the link to help you find out how well your digestive system is working and think that’s where I’ll end for this time. There is a lot of information to take in, and for you to look at, so we’ll continue next time. This looks like a series to me and I don’t want to bombard you with too much at once. Since so many of these health issues seem to be prevalent , I think there will be something for everyone. http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/how-well-is-your-digestive-system-working/ Try to take this quiz on your digestive health before I reconvene late tomorrow and it will be really late (card night with my friend and my mother), and we will dicuss some more of this then. This is definitely a learning process for me and probably for everyone. Feel free to message me anytime you have questions or just need to talk. You can get me on messenger anytime. Continue to believe in yourself , work hard, enlist help when you need it, and get up and move. Let’s kick some serious butt in 2015. Till next time, God Bless.