How Food Causes InflammationMost people think that eating food is a no-brainer - we eat food and we live. But it is not quite that simple. Every person’s body is unique and every person’s body reacts differently to certain foods. Some people experience gastrointestinal upset, mood disorders, skin issues, chronic pain, and many other conditions. This is because some foods cause inflammation in certain people. This inflammation leads to the degeneration of the body’s cells.

Inflammation occurs in some people because foods they eat contribute to, or cause, leaky gut. Leaky gut happens when large molecules get through the gut lining and into the blood stream prematurely. This causes the body to send “soldiers” in to fight these molecules and remove them. This process creates inflammation. Some professionals also believe that certain foods feed viruses that are harboured in the body, causing inflammation as the virus irritates the cells it inhabits as it grows and multiplies into more virus cells.

Foods that commonly cause inflammation include:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant)
  • Refined sugar
  • Fried foods
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Processed meats (salami, sausage, bologna, wieners)

If you suspect through the symptoms you experience, or have confirmed through blood work, that you have an issue with inflammation then it would be best to eliminate these foods from your diet to see if you notice an improvement in your symptoms. It can take time so try to be patient!

Plan of Action

The total elimination of inflammation causing foods is the first step to reduce inflammation in the body. If you keep eating the foods that cause inflammation you will not be able to effectively eliminate your inflammation, and the condition(s) you experience as the result of this inflammation will never go away. This is a key piece of information to remember when you are on your journey to better health. Every bite you take is a choice, and will directly impact how healthy or unhealthy you are. You can eat for health, or eat for ill health.

Centering your diet on whole plant foods, in as close to their natural state as possible, is a good second step to reduce inflammation in your body. The majority of your diet should come from fruits and vegetables. Next, add in things like small cold water fish, sprouted beans and legumes, fresh organic pasture or grass-fed meats (excluding things like salami due to the preservatives), coconut oil, fresh and dried herbs, garlic, and onion. Including some Celtic salt for flavouring is not a bad idea, and you can also safely drink one glass of wine on occasion; it will not negatively affect your ability to heal.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Certain foods are particularly important to include in your diet if you are trying to reduce inflammation in your body. These foods are anti-inflammatory, which means they do not cause inflammation and they also help fight existing inflammation within the body! They include:

It is also important to drink lots of pure and clean water to help your body detoxify any bad things that your body will release when you eliminate the inflammation causing foods from your diet. Every cell in our body contains water, and it is very important to supply your body with a steady stream of fresh water to be able to properly replenish those cells with clean water.

Final Thoughts

Making changes to the way you eat can be hard. But if you are suffering from a health condition or chronic pain, then making changes in the foods you eat can be a game changer. Adjusting your diet could mean the difference between being able to live a full and enjoyable life, or one filled with pain.

Once you master a few new staple recipes it will feel like you have always eaten this way, and you will come to really love it!

 

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