Is your diet contributing to inflammation and weight gain?

As the old (or actually quite recent!) adage goes, weight loss is 80% diet and 20% physical activity. Take care of the 80% and you are saving yourself a lot of time. However, many people are held back by continuing to consume foods that contribute to inflammation  -thereby causing the body to retain fluid, hold on to fat cells and even distort the way your body responds to insulin. If you have gluten, dairy or eggs in your diet in partiular – read on to find out how these and other foods could be the culprits.

Delayed food intolerances can contribute to obesity or difficulty losing weight

A delayed food intolerance (caused by IgG antibodies, also called type 3 allergy) can cause chronic inflammatory reactions in the body. The antibodies our body produces meanwhile influence the fat metabolism and metabolic processes in our body and lead to weight gain. While the exact mechanisms are not fully understood yet, it is clear that low-grade inflammatory processes play a role in overweight. An IgG food allergy may intensify such inflammatory processes, even increasing the risk of heart disease.

A 2007 study by Wilders-Truschnig et al. showed a significant correlation between elevated IgG antibodies,inflammation, and overweight. It was demonstrated that obese children have significantly higher IgG antibody values against food antigens than  children of normal weight. Anti- food IgG antibodies are tightly associated with low grade systemic inflammation and with the growing thickness of common carotid arteries. These findings indicate that anti-food IgG may be pathogenetically involved in the development of obesity and atherosclerosis.

How do I identify my food intolerances?

Whether a delayed food allergy is present or not – you can easily find out with the ImuPro test. A diet change based on the ImuPro results can positively influence the inflammatory process and ultimately help you to lose weight. The ImuPro blood test measures high levels of IgG antibodies to foods in the blood, detecting which foods trigger reactions in our immune system. By avoiding these foods, influenced fat metabolism and metabolic processes can return to normal and clear the way to weight loss.

 

Study: IgG antibodies against food antigens are correlated with inflammation and intima media thickness in obese juveniles” Wilders-Truschnig et al. ECED published online 2007; DOI 10.1055/s-2007-993165