Eating to Lose Weight Part II

It’s difficult to absorb nutrients when there’s damage to your gut lining. 

This can be caused by anything from poor diet to overuse of antibiotics and NSAIDs. Sometimes, the damage can cause small tears in the lining which allows toxins to enter into the bloodstream leading to an inflammatory response. However, eating foods that are rich in L-glutamine and collagen can help repair damage to the gut lining.

One great source is bone broth. It’s a nutritious stock made from simmering bones and water with a little bit of vinegar. Not only does this also help with digestion and inflammation, but it’s also loaded with magnesium and iron. Other sources of L-glutamine and collagen include fish, eggs, beans, and leafy greens. 

Strong evidence links obesity to inflammation throughout the body. Although there is an association between increased weight gain and increased inflammation, reducing weight also tends to reduce inflammation. Systemic inflammation can lead to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease, making weight gain easier and weight loss more difficult so it appears to be a cycle.

Try eating foods containing vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation. Foods that are high in magnesium, calcium, and potassium as well as Vitamins C, D, E, and B Vitamins. Think bananas, avocados, mushrooms, cabbage, and broccoli. In short, improving the health of your gut lining can reduce stomach inflammation, protecting you against obesity and other diseases.

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