Inflammation is an important bodily response to infections, bacteria, viruses and the like. Without the inflammation we would be weak against those foreign invaders. Although it is possible to have too much of a good thing! Inflammation is also a key factor in chronic diseases. When something becomes inflamed white blood cells crowd the area and start healing the body ridding it of germs or bacteria. The white blood cells bring with it a fluid of nutrients and hormones to help heal the damaged tissue. There are two different kinds of inflammation. The first is Acute. Acute inflammation (the “good” inflammation) can occur when you have a cut or sprain. The second kind is Chronic inflammation (the “bad” inflammation) which occurs due to excess weight, poor diet, pollution, stress, and smoking. This kind is considered to be caused from wear and tear. Chronic inflammation occurs in multiple diseases such as asthma, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. Whether the inflammation is considered good or bad, each type is a response to a problem. The risks that come with to much chronic inflammation are: heart disease, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, emotional disorders and more (About).
Things you can do to avoid inflammation is keeping an eye on your diet and lifestyle. Although there are many anti-inflammatory and inflammatory foods, I am going to mention the top five.
Sugar with the rise of sugar consumed people are starting to realize the extra adverse effects, not just the weight gain. One effect of consuming sugar is inflammation. Eating as little as two teaspoons can effect your bodies chemistry (Appleton). So if you are dealing with inflammation issues adding sugar will just fuel that fire.
Grains have been changed over the years, although it may look the same it has been genetically modified. Grains now contain a super starch, amylopectin A, and a super gluten. All three are factors in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more. The super gluten in the wheat is a super contributor to inflammation (What).
Fats and Oils are highly inflammatory depending on what type you are using. It is recommended to limit the amount of saturated fats found in meat, butter and cheese and also omega 6 fatty acids from fish, soy, and vegetables. Fats that are recommended to avoid completely are trans fat. Trans fat can be fount in some meats and dairy products and is also added into most vegetable oils (Fats). So instead of using butter try coconut oil, instead of vegetable oil try some olive oil, and always be aware of how much oil you are consuming.
Dairy is very well known for causing inflammation. Often consuming to much dairy can cause bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. What causes these reactions are the sugars, acidity, and proteins. Also milk is often times filled with hormones and antibiotics that can effect people in different ways (Myers).
Alcohol a lot of alcohols (beer) contain wheat which is inflammatory but also the process of breaking down alcohol creates toxins within the body that can do more harm. The toxins can damage liver cells and other organs, promote inflammation, decrease metabolism, and weaken the immune system.
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