Inflammation Causing Foods To Avoid
Inflammation is such a hot topic these days. Inflammation in the body can be good but it can also cause a lot of bad things.
Inflammation is a good thing when your cells release chemicals into your blood which causes an increase in blood flow to the damaged area to protect you. Inflammation is unhealthy when your body has a weakened immune system and it cannot protect you. In fact, inflammation unchecked can lead to obesity, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Learning how your diet can play a key role to help keep your inflammation levels low is very important. Let’s take a look at foods you might eat every day that are harmful to your health.
Eating sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are really bad for your health. These foods include soda, baked goods, candy, and some cereals.
Trans fats which are in processed foods are another no-no. Trans fats or “partially hydrogenated” oils extend shelf life. French fries, fast foods, margarines, and other processed foods are examples.
Refined carbs are carbs that have had most of their good fiber removed are also on the list. Refined carbs are bad for our gut bacteria and can increase our risk of obesity and bowel disease. These foods include bread, pasta, baked goods, soft drinks and any food that has added sugar.
Too much alcohol can increase your inflammation level and cause your body to have problems ridding itself of toxins. This is called “leaky gut” and it can cause inflammation throughout your body and cause organ damage.
Another culprit is cold cuts. Eating processed meats like bacon, ham, beef jerky, and sausage can lead to diabetes, stomach and colon cancer and also increase your risk of heart disease.
Vegetable and seed oils that contain too much omega-6 can lead to chronic inflammation. Soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil contain high omega-6 levels and should be avoided. Using coconut and olive oil are healthy oils to replace them.
It is easy once you know what foods cause inflammation to make better food choices for better health. A diet that is made up of fresh, whole foods that do not come in a box is always a smarter choice. Eating a diet rich in fruit and veggies with a small 3-4oz portion of lean protein such as fish, chicken or turkey is key to low inflammation and great health!