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Explain "Inflammation" to me...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2011 at 5:47 AM

I read all the time how inflammation is the key behind metabolic disasters, cancer, all that. What actually gets inflamed? Last week, I made a couple bad food choices last weekend and had a couple fried gyoza's, fried breaded cheese, too much rice, and too many potatoes. I actually gained 8 lbs in 2 days! My belly looked like I was 6 mo pregnant, I felt awful, my eyes were swollen. LC since then and some good salmon and moose steaks. Lost 6 of the 8 lbs in 3 days.

So what happened in my body? Is this what they mean by "inflammation"? I didn't notice I was sweating less or peeing less--so how did I get 8 lbs of water infused into my body?

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on October 26, 2011
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I'd say you're suffering from food bloating, which has to go away through the intestines rather than the bladder as water weight. The LC might have changed your gut flora enough that the gyoza, rice and potatoes moved through poorly digested.

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My layman's understanding: Inflammation is measured with c reactive protein (CRP) test. If it's done under control, it measures CV risk. As I understand it, it's in response to CV injury, and especially useful for people who have imminent risk of heart attack or stroke. But CRP can change exponentially in response to injury, especially burns.

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on October 26, 2011
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ha thats a hardcore reaction to twizzlers

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:29 AM

Basically what's happening is your body has become conditioned at such a carb restrictive diet it is reacting to all the starch that you're putting into your body. I'm the same way with high fructose corn syrup, if I get a wild hair and I'm at the movie theater and sneak a handful of my kid's Twizzlers (that contain wheat flour as well) I'll start breaking into a sweat, get dizzy and start getting super giddy for a few minutes and then I'll crash and want to take a two hour nap.

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:54 PM

ha thats a hardcore reaction to twizzlers

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:53 AM

This is water retention / loss. 8 lbs sounds a little extreme. However I get hit with 4.5 pounds if when am in VLC and raise my carbs too high...

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