Foods That Cause Inflammation
You won’t even see how much you have improved until you realize that you suddenly see that you have more energy or if you try to eat one of those foods you have eliminated. The first method is certainly the more pleasant, but the second will show you just how much better you are doing.
One of the best things about cutting out so many inflammatory foods is that you will feel a general increase in energy as well as loss of pain.
However, you need to bear in mind that even when you feel like indulging yourself, you need to stay away from these foods so that you don’t set yourself off on a painful course.
It’s A Good Idea To Avoid These Foods That Cause Inflammation:
The Huffington Post lists sugar as being one of the most inflammatory foods to the body. In “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease,” Dr. Robert Lustig warns that this is one of the most inflammatory foods in the world.
In this book and in an interview with the Huffington Post, he stated that obesity causes no deaths, but sugar causes bad health and destroys people’s lives, regardless of their poundage. He estimates that sugar may add billions of health care and medical costs. Obesity is not the disease. It is merely a warning sign of the problem and the inflammation within the body.
This means that even super skinny people and otherwise fit individuals are at risk from the dangers and inflammations of sugar.
Greasy Fast Food
Greasy fast food provides a lot of different possibilities when it comes to inflammation. Most of the time, this is because less than healthy ingredients are used. Additionally, the oil and ingredients used in the food processing have generally sat out for awhile. With foods like onions, exposure to oxygen leads to increased bacteria growth. This is passed on to the stomach and intestines.
While you can make healthy choices at fast food places, in general, you should probably avoid them. Bear in mind that many of the meats also contain high levels of nitrates and other preservatives that are dangerous to your health aside from causing inflammation.
It’s not such good news if you’re one of those people who likes a night cap. Unfortunately, alcohol can be extremely irritating to the stomach and intestines.
According to U.S. News, once you have had more than a couple drinks, the alcohol erodes the lining of your stomach and intestines sufficiently to make it easier for bacteria to pass through. However, this does not apply to wines like red wine so long as they are taken in moderation.
When it comes to another one of the kings of inflammation, you need look no further than monosodium glutamate. It is used in a number of foods including supposed health foods. In addition to making you crave more food with MSG, MSG irritates all of your digestive processes. It can also be very tough to control the cravings that it triggers, meaning that you may not feel the discomfort and pain that follow from inflammation right away.
No conversation about inflammatory foods would be complete without mentioning gluten. Over the years, gluten has been linked with an increasingly high number of inflammatory responses.
While only about 5 – 7 percent of the popular has Celiac disease, more than 30 percent of the population are now avoiding gluten actively. The inflammation from gluten generally focuses in the gut and stomach, leading to painful cramps and nausea. It also increases the likelihood of weight gain as well as blood sugar spikes. In other words, skip the bread.
Though not every food that causes inflammation is listed in the examples above, they are major contributors nonetheless. Drastically reducing them (or eliminating them all-together) can cause a drastic effect on your overall health.
Dr. Robert Lustig, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.
Deborah Kotz, “Building a Diet that Lowers Inflammation,” U.S. News http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/articles/2009/11/02/building-a-diet-that-lowers-inflammation (2009).