- Inflammation is the body’s natural response to heal and repair itself after an injury or infection.
- It is characterized by redness, soreness and swelling of the damaged part of the body, causing pain.
- There are certain foods that can make inflammation worse so it’s better to be mindful of what you’re eating.
Inflammation is the main cause of pain in many conditions such as arthritis. In the case of chronic inflammation, signs include digestive issues, fatigue, high blood glucose level and skin problems like eczema, cystic acne, rosacea and psoriasis.
Here are some of the inflammation-causing foods that you need to be avoided:
Refined wheat products like white bread and pasta are easier to break down because they’ve already been processed. The faster these carbs break down, the quicker the blood sugar levels rise, leading to inflammation.
According to research, people who eat deep-fried foods have a higher prevalence of inflammatory symptoms. It is attributed to trans-fats that increase the levels of bad cholesterol. Common vegetable cooking oils have very high imbalanced omega-6 fatty acids and dismally low omega-3 fats.
“When ingested, [dairy products] cause disruption and irritation to the cells of the gut,” says Danielle O’Connor, ND, a naturopathic doctor in Ontario. When irritation occurs, allergens can leak through the bloodstream and cause inflammatory symptoms such as stomach issues, skin rashes, acne, hives and breathing difficulties in susceptible people.
Refined sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says. Watch out for corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, golden syrup, maltose, sorghum syrup and sucrose as they are some of the creative names used for sugar.
Processed foods like your morning cereal or flavored oatmeal may look healthy from the outside, but studies have shown that these foods are linked to inflammation and heart disease, Reader’s Digest wrote.
Processed meats like sausage, bacon, and ham are known to cause inflammatory changes.
Excessive alcohol drinking (more than one glass per day for women and 2 for men) can cause leaky gut syndrome, a trigger to total body inflammation.
Artificial Food Additives
Packaged foods usually contain artificial food additives such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG). These additives cause chronic inflammation.
Source: Reader’s Digest