IN­FLAM­MA­TION CUL­PRITS

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Find the foods that work best for you. Just be­cause a food or drink is nu­tri­tious doesn’t mean it’s ideal for your body. Even healthy foods can cause flare-ups of in­flam­ma­tion. But there are cer­tain foods that are known to trig­ger it:

SUGAR

Sugar has been found to trig­ger the re­lease of cy­tokines, sub­stances that have an ef­fect on our cells.

TRANS FATS

Re­search has shown that eat­ing trans fats, which are formed or added to foods dur­ing pro­cess­ing, can cause sys­temic in­flam­ma­tion. Avoid foods that con­tain ‘hy­dro­genated’ or ‘par­tially hy­dro­genated oils’ in par­tic­u­lar.

PRO­CESSED FOODS

When in­gre­di­ents are re­fined, chem­i­cally al­tered, pro­cessed and/ or high heated, they tend to be in­flam­ma­tory. Pack­aged foods and junk foods are highly in­flam­ma­tory – and are re­spon­si­ble for much of the ill­ness and obe­sity that plague the Western world.

GLUTEN

Those with gluten sen­si­tiv­ity or coeliac dis­ease have im­mune sys­tems that in­ter­pret gluten as a threat to the body and at­tack the in­testines, caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion. (See Coeliac Dis­ease.)

SAT­U­RATED FATS

Stud­ies show sat­u­rated fats cre­ate fat tis­sue in­flam­ma­tion that can con­trib­ute to heart dis­ease and ex­ac­er­bate over­all in­flam­ma­tion.

RE­FINED CAR­BO­HY­DRATES

Eat­ing re­fined car­bo­hy­drates like cakes, bis­cuits and pasta can con­trib­ute to in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease.

DAIRY AND CA­SEIN

In­flam­ma­tion can be trig­gered by con­sum­ing dairy if you’re sen­si­tive or al­ler­gic to lac­tose.

AL­CO­HOL

Al­co­hol is known to con­trib­ute to many dis­eases and dis­or­ders, some of which are in­flam­ma­tion re­lated.

AR­TI­FI­CIAL IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

As­par­tame and MSG pro­mote in­flam­ma­tion.

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