If there’s one thing that you want to avoid, inflammation is it.
Chronic inflammation can set you up for many problems including heart disease, diabetes, as well as arthritis.
Leading a stressful and unhealthy lifestyle are 2 key components for inflammation but what you eat on a day to day basis will impact it too.
Let’s take a look at four foods that are linked to inflammation so that you’ll know what to avoid.
Topping the list is gluten. Gluten is a certain type of protein found in wheat based foods that many people’s bodies struggle to digest properly.
When you eat gluten, you’re going to be at risk for unwanted symptoms such as
- foggy brain (fuzzy thinking)
- a general sense of fatigue.
And these are just the immediate symptoms that can come about!
When you eat gluten on a regular basis, inflammation can persist in the body, setting you up for long-term disease.
Removing gluten and all gluten containing foods from your menu is one of the best steps you can take to ensure optimal health.
Dairy is another food group that’s often linked to states of inflammation. Humans were not naturally designed to consume cow’s milk, but yet, many of us are drinking it daily.
If you lack the digestive enzymes (lactase) to break down the sugars in milk, this too can lead to gas, bloating and stomach discomfort.
Not to mention too much high fat dairy consumption can put your body at risk for inflammation and weight gain.
While many people think you need dairy to get your calcium needs met, there are plenty of other ways that you can get calcium into your daily diet plan.
3. Trans Fats
Trans fats are one of the worst offenders in today’s diets and a type of fat that you want to be sure that you steer clear of.
Trans fat consumption is strongly linked to inflammation as well as diseases like cancer and heart disease.
You’ll find trans in processed, fast, and frozen foods such as donuts, pizza, burgers, French fries, as well as frozen dinner meals.
Stay away from these at all costs – your body has absolutely no need for trans fats in the diet.
Last but not least, sugar is the final offender that can set you up for full body inflammation. Our sugar consumption as a nation over the last few years has skyrocketed as more and more foods contain the white stuff.
Sugar contains no nutrients and will set you up for a series of problems including a blood sugar spike, insulin release, fat storage, and a blood glucose crash.
Over time, this wears on your body and can set you up to experience high levels of inflammation.
Thank you for reading 🙂