With all the media attention paid to health and diet, it’s hard to sift through and extract the information that is most crucial to regaining or maintaining our health. Inflammation has become a buzz word with notable doctors warning about the effects that chronic inflammation can have on overall health. Dr. Nicholas Perricone warns that persistent inflammation can create an environment where “the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.” And according to Prevention magazine, this inflammation epidemic has been linked to illnesses like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease.
Are you eating foods that increase inflammation? Read on to find out. You might be surprised!
Sugar is a major offender in the inflammation game, and part of the problem is that it is in everything! From dressings, breads, to seasonings, and commercial soups, we are consuming way too much! Think you’re safe with “healthy” alternatives like agave or raw sugar? Not so fast! Even though they are organic or all natural, they are still sugar. Limit your intake, and read all labels to see where sugar is sneaking in.
Frozen yogurt is often considered a healthy alternative to ice cream, but there is still too much sugar. Dairy is another cause of inflammation. Milk products contain high levels of hormones, as well as traces of pesticides from the grain eaten by the cows, and antibiotics that treat sick cows.
If you are sensitive to gluten or are a celiac, foods that are typically considered healthy will cause inflammation in your system. Barley and Rye can cause reactions, and a meat replacement for vegetarians, seitan, is made of gluten! Pay attention to how you feel after consuming products containing gluten and consult your doctor if you think you are sensitive.
Peanut allergies are common, an allergic reaction is a sign that inflammation is present. Peanut crops are also treated with pesticides. Stick to other nuts like raw almonds or cashews.
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