Inflammation in the body is linked to diabetes, depression, heart disease, and many other ailments. Here’s what to avoid to help reduce inflammation in YOUR body.
If you are eating any of these foods regularly, you surely have too many pro-inflammatory chemicals in your body, and not enough anti-inflammatory ones.
1. Fried foods
Fried foods are high in fat and saturated fat, they contain too much salt, and often they are full of preservatives, dyes, and other items that do not contribute to good health. As well, these foods contain a lot of calories and they do not provide the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that we know help reduce inflammation, and the risk of cancer and many other diseases.
Fried foods also contain something called acrylamide. Acrylamide is found in many high-carbohydrate foods that have been manufactured or cooked at high temperatures. This includes items such as French fries, potato chips, other snack foods, crackers, cereals, and some baked goods. A few other common foods, such as coffee and olives, also contain acrylamide. Acrylamide’s add to inflammation in the body
HEALTH TIP: Eat baked foods instead of fried. Bake at lower temperature for a longer period of time. This will reduce the inflammatory effects of the food you are cooking.
2. White sugar
White sugar and sweets, including sodas and sweetened processed juices, cakes, cookies, candy. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances in our lives. It is INCREDIBLY inflammatory.
HEALTH TIP: Steer clear of white sugar when at all possible. When cooking or baking at home, use unrefined sugars such as whole fruit, coconut sugar, organic grade B maple syrup, organic local honey. Reach for a juicy sweet piece of fruit before grabbing the donut.
3. Food additives
Food additives are colors, flavor enhancers, stabilizers, preservatives, etc. Some of the main ones include sulfites, benzoates, and colors named FD&C #”X.” Unfortunately, many foods consumed by children are loaded with these harmful, toxic ingredients and cause many health and behavioral problems that effect their mood and performance in school and sports.
HEALTH TIP: Try not to buy processed or packaged foods at all! Think fresh, whole food that has not been adulterated with junk! Instead of fruit snacks, enjoy cut up fruit, or grapes. Instead of crackers, have homemade muffins, or baked sweet potato chips.
4. Synthetic sweeteners
Synthetic sweeteners in sodas and sports drinks (Nutrasweet, Splenda, saccharin, aspartame, etc.)—research links these harmful substances to many , many serious health conditions.
HEALTH TIP: Stay away from synthetic sweeteners completely! Replace with stevia sweetened drinks, or sweeten them with organic local honey, cinnamon or a bit of agave.
5. Trans fats
Hydrogenated and trans fats are found in synthetic tubs of margarine, lard and shortening. They are in many baked goods such as pies, cookies, buns, etc.
HEALTH TIP: Check ingredients, and find items that do not include trans fats. When baking, use organic, cold pressed coconut oil, or organic grass fed cultured butter or ghee.
Meat can be a big component to inflammation. The way the livestock is handled, and treated is terrible. 80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on livestock and not on humans. So, if you are buying traditional meat, you are most likely consuming a load of extra hormones and antibiotics. Hormone residues in food can increase the risk of breast cancer and other reproductive system cancers among women, and may promote development of prostate cancer in men.
HEALTH TIP: Buy quality meat from your local farm or farmers market. Educate yourself on where the meat is actually coming from, and how the animals were treated and cared for. If it is too expensive, eat meat less frequently, but when you do eat it, make sure it is of great quality.
7. Dairy products
Dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream, cottage cheese, butter, cheese, milk, etc. Most store bought dairy products are also packed with hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful ingredients so avoid them as much as possible.
HEALTH TIP: Buy quality dairy from your local farm or farmers market. Educate yourself on where the dairy is actually coming from, and how the animals were treated and cared for. If it is too expensive, eat dairy less frequently, but when you do eat it, make sure it is of great quality.
8. Wheat products
Wheat products are highly acid-forming and inflammatory in the body. Worse, most wheat available now is genetically-modified (GM). Many serious health conditions are starting to be linked to GM wheat consumption, such as IBS, Celiac Disease, and many more.
HEALTH TIP: Avoid wheat products and eat more whole foods such as nuts, seeds, brown rice or quinoa. When baking, some better options might be almond flour, coconut flour, oat flour.
Alcohol is extremely high in sugars, contributes to inflammation in the body, and puts a burden on the liver.
HEALTH TIP: Avoid alcohol, or limit consumption
10. Table salt
One ounce of table salt causes the body to hold six pounds of excess water – a sure cause of weight gain that causes other harm to the human body, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, edema, anxiety, depression. Table salt is a completely refined, man-made substance produced from crude oil flake leftovers. The refining process not only removes 80% of its natural minerals, it adds harmful chemicals such as:
• Chemical Bleach
• Sodium Bicarbonate
• Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
• Anti-Caking Agents
• Potassium Iodide
• Solo-Co-Aluminate and Other Aluminum Derivatives
HEALTH TIP: Use celtic sea salt instead of table salt. Sea salt is sourced from naturally-evaporating seawater. Unlike table salt, sea salt is dried by the sun to preserve all of the trace minerals that are beneficial to us. The health benefits of sea salt are directly related to these trace minerals: Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Bromine, Potassium, Boron, Strontium, Silicon
Here are some Anti-Inflammatory recipes to add into your diet: