Inflammation is the body's natural defense against infection and injuries and promotes healing. But when inflammation becomes a chronic issue, normal cells are erroneously attacked by the immune system and it becomes a destructive process. What you may not realize is that many of the foods you eat trigger inflammation in the body and that can lead to chronic health concerns like obesity, acne, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's and cancer. And if you suffer from any kind of pain disorder, these foods are likely to trigger it. Knowing which foods act as trigger is important and this inflammatory foods list should help guide you to decrease or eliminate them from your diet.
It doesn't matter if the source of the sugar is natural or artificial, any and all sugars are at the top of the inflammatory foods list. Sugar causes essential minerals to shift their relationship to each other. That balanced relationship is essential to maintain overall health.
2. Trans And Hydrogenated Fats
These are found in lard, shortening and margarine and, consequently, in any product that's made using them as an ingredient from baked goods to fast food.
3. Animal Proteins Including Dairy
Animal proteins contain saturated fat and while some is needed, too much is not. Digesting animal fats causes the balance of bacteria present in the gut to shift which triggers the immune system to respond causing inflammation.
Most grains contain gluten which has also been linked to inflammatory response in the gut and other parts of the body. Wheat is the top offender of the inflammatory foods list for gluten. Grains and seeds like buckwheat, millet and quinoa contain far less.
5. Omega 5 Fatty Acids
Although omega 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, there is a delicate balance that must be present between them and omega 3 fatty acids. A diet too high in omega 6 triggers inflammation. It can be balanced by increasing omega 3 foods like fish and walnuts, and decreasing omega 6 foods like sunflower, soybean, corn, and canola oil.
While this inflammatory foods list isn't all-inclusive, these are the top five culprits. It's a good idea to check labels and realize these foods are all likely to be components in any prepackaged or processed foods. The best plan to reduce the amount of inflammation causing foods in your diet is to avoid fast food and processed food altogether.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.