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Suffering from Inflammation? Stop Eating These Foods Right Now!

Most health professionals paint inflammation as a bad thing that can jeopardize your health. However, some others say that it is a good thing as it signifies that your immune system is protecting you from impending infections. These contradictory statements confuse people because not everyone knows how to address inflammation. Is it a good or a bad thing? In this blog post, we will address the issue and give some clarification about what really inflammation is and how it can affect your body. Let us discuss what causes inflammation and how to avoid and counter it.

“Reduce inflammation to treat the root of many issues. If your gut isn’t working right, it can cause so many other issues.” ― Jay Woodman 

 What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is as a result of the body’s chemical messages to trigger a natural immune response to fight off foreign pathogens.  It is a good thing since it serves as the first line of defense mechanism to protect the body from infections. For instance, the body temperature rises (fever) to stop pathogens from spreading in the body. 

However, inflammation should be temporary, not permanent. Some people, though, experience What we experience chronic inflammation, a pervasive low-level inflammation that affects the body’s natural functioning. Many diseases that plague the society such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma are tied to one common denominator: Inflammation.

Types of Inflammation

Depending on the kind of foreign attack your body experiences, there are different types of inflammation. 

 Acute Inflammation

This type of inflammation normally starts with rapid irritation and followed by severe inflammation. However, the period of this inflammation is usually short and may fade within days to weeks.

 Chronic Inflammation

Thi s type of inflammation lasts for months or even years. It can lead to various conditions and diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, some types of cancer, atherosclerosis, high fever, and others. You should watch out for chronic inflammation as it can trigger deadly diseases.

Foods to Avoid When you have Inflammation

If you’re suffering from inflammation, it is important to determine the cause. Most inflammations are caused by the food we eat. Below are the foods you should watch out for; we recommend that you avoid (or at least control) to fight inflammation.

 Sugars

Excess sugar intake is known to cause tooth decay. Moreover, sugars are linked to obesity and chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Recent studies prove that sugar and dairy cause acne.

 Dairy Product

The number one source of source of calcium is dairy products. However, such products cause not just weight gain but also inflammation. Approximately about 60% of the world’s population is unable to digest dairy milk, a condition known as lactose intolerance. When a lactose intolerant person consumes dairy milk, he or she experiences irritability that can trigger inflammation, stomach distress, constipation, and diarrhea. The person may also have skin rashes, hives, acne, and breathing difficulties. Furthermore, lactose contains sugar that can spike the blood sugars, putting one at the risk of diabetes.

 Cooking Oil

The cooking oils commonly used in restaurants and fast-food chains are high in omega-6 acids with a low concentration of omega-3 fats. This imbalance triggers inflammatory diseases and can lead to heart disease and cancer.

 Trans Fats

People love processed foods such as burgers, fries, spaghettis, and sweets. However, they should realize the bittersweet truth about these foods—they are high in trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol in the body. Fluctuation of good cholesterol promotes inflammation and insulin resistance, obesity, and degenerative illnesses. Trans fats are usually found in deep fried foods, commercially baked items, fast foods, and foods prepared with margarine, and hydrogenated oil. 

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