We hear a lot about Inflammation but really, what is it?
Acute inflammation is your body’s response to an injury like stubbing your toe and experiencing pain and swelling, nothing ice can’t fix. But the dangerous kind of inflammtion is called chronic inflammation. When you’re injured or sick your body sends loads of white blood cells to fight the infection – a normal response. But if this reaction occurs for no reason (when there’s no infection to fight from sickness), the white blood cells may harm perfectly healthy organs and even destroy other cells, leaving the door wide open to disease.
This potentially leads the following: Arthritis (both osteo / rheumatoid), Heart Disease/Vascular disease, Diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Auto Immune disease, Depression/anxiety, Crohn’s, IBS, Ulcerative colitis, High cholesterol, Cancer, Eczema, Multiple Sclerosis.
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So how do you know if you have some kind of inflammation? Well, you might experience joint or muscle pain, allergies, high blood pressure, ulcers, IBS, rashes and lethargy. Honestly, I’m pretty healthy and have experienced almost all of those. How about you?
The following foods cause inflammation and should be avoided at all costs. Which do you consume?
SUGAR: Its not a secret that sugar is very bad for you. Not only does it cause tooth decay but also leads to a risk of obesity, acne, lethargy, diabetes- and more. Finding sugar isn’t hard- its in candy, cookies, soda, ice cream, etc. etc. You know where to find it! INSTEAD, EAT THIS: Stevia, honey or molasses.
COOKING OILS: Common household cooking oils contain “excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and dismally low omega-3 fats” which canbreed inflammatory diseases like heart disease and cancer. Find these oils in restaurant foods and foods containing preservatives. INSTEAD, EAT THIS: macadamia oil or extra virgin olive oil. I like using coconut oil and avocado oils too.
DAIRY PRODUCTS: I’ve long been skeptical of milk and even had my kids drinking soy milk as babies. I don’t find milk to be all that the dairy association would have us believe. I much prefer coconut milk which does not actually have the flavor of coconut. More than half of the population can’t even digest dairy! Dairy products can cause “stomach distress, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, acne, hives and breathing difficulties in susceptible people.” No thanks!
INSTEAD, EAT THIS: Kefir, unsweetened yogurt, coconut milk products. I know a lot of people who like Almond Milk too.
RED MEAT & PROCESSED MEATS: Reading article after article about consuming red meat has me feeling less than inclined to eat steak- ever. I typically buy ground beef for tacos and chili but I could do without red meat altogether. I feel like I’m in the minority, as the beef industry is thriving! Check out this fact: “The link between processed meat consumption and cancer is even stronger. Processed meat has been stated as a convincing cause of cancers of the colon and rectum, and possibly of the esophagus and lungs too. Processed meat includes animal products that have been smoked, cured, salted or chemically preserved.”
INSTEAD, EAT THIS: “Replace the bulk of your red meat with organic vegetables, poultry and fish, and relegate red meat to a weekly treat. When you do eat red meat, remember to choose lean cuts and preferably, that of grass-fed animals.”
REFINED GRAINS: Refined grains lack fiber and basically turn into sugar once consumed. We are talking about white flour and products like breads, pasta, bakery items, noodles and white rice. Im convinced that behavior, specically in kids, have a lot of do with how their bodies break down sugar and refined grains.
INSTEAD EAT THIS: I opt for gluten free brown rice bread (Trader Joe’s) which isn’t as bad as it sounds. I love it toasted with coconut oil. Typically, I stay away from cakes and cookies which contain refined grains like white flour. Try eating quinoa in place of rice / pasta or sweet potatoes as a side dish.
ARTIFICIAL FOOD ADDITIVES: For me, this is easy because I’m so allergic to what I call fake sugar aka aspertame and the like. You will find this in everything! Especially low sugar juices, diet soda, “skinny” drinks from coffee shops like Starbucks, lots of diet foods. But there are other hidden additives that are common and found in processed foods- such salad dressing, spiced nuts, flavored pretzels and chips, beef jerky, some “natural chips” all which contain MSG (monosodium glutamate). Bad for anyone but especially those with an inflammatory disease.
INSTEAD EAT THIS: Try using herbs, spices, natural sweeteners like raw honey,dates or stevia.
The bottom line is to educate yourself and do most of your cooking at home where you can control what goes into the foods you consume. Read about more foods to avoid here.