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 has been found to trigger the release of cytokines, substances that have an effect on our cells.
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.
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.
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.)
Studies show saturated fats create fat tissue inflammation that can contribute to heart disease and exacerbate overall inflammation.
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 is known to contribute to many diseases and disorders, some of which are inflammation related.
Aspartame and MSG promote inflammation.