Why is it important to remove these 6 foods that cause inflammation? Inflammatory diseases are on the rise. Diseases like arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease, and many autoimmune diseases. The medical literature can’t identify where the inflammation comes from, but inflammation is the cause of all of theses conditions. Chronic inflammation has been connected to Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and more. But they don’t know why there’s inflammation.
The traditional approach says there is a problem with the immune system. It’s time for a new approach looks at inflammatory diseases totally different. There isn’t a problem with the immune system. We have to figure out what is triggering the immune system. Our clinics work with patients to find and remove those causes of inflammation.
There are hidden signs of inflammation long before you are sick. Signs that the body is suffering from chronic inflammation that can lead to chronic illness.
Some signs of hidden inflammation are:
- Brain fog
- Difficulty losing weight
- Chronic aches and pains
- Sinus issues
- Gastrointestinal issues
For most people, it is not one thing that is the cause of their inflammation. It can be toxins, pathogens, allergies, food allergies, yeast, mold, and other factors that are causing stress to your body. A common contributing factor to inflammation that prevents your body from healing is diet. That’s why in our clinics we always recommend patients remove these foods to support their best health.
6 Foods That Cause Inflammation
1 – Sugar
Processed sugar is a highly inflammatory food that needs to be removed from your diet right away. We aren’t talking about natural sugars that you find in fruits and vegetables. Those are good for you. Continue to eat whole foods that contain natural sugar and remove foods that contain processed sugars. Don’t worry if you are a baker who loves sweets. There are easy swaps like xylitol, honey, and maple syrup. Try some of our favorite dessert recipes!
2 – Dairy
Don’t say I can’t have cheese! At least three quarters of the world’s population has difficulty digesting dairy, and this can make your stomach issues worse. Did you know dairy has been linked to acne, cancer, and inflammation? Don’t worry about missing out on calcium. Studies have shown that it’s not even helpful for bones. Find out more in our article, Is Milk Good for You? Try some of our dairy-free recipes like spinach dip and kickin’ queso, and you won’t even miss the dairy.
3 – Gluten
The protein in gluten is highly inflammatory, and this is one of the foods we recommend that everyone remove from their diet. Gluten causes a lot of inflammation in the gut causing a disruption to the natural gut flora and leading to leaky gut. Gluten is in many of the foods in the standard American diet, so many people are reluctant to give it up until they see the dramatic changes to their health. It’s one of the fastest ways to reduce inflammation. We have a few great gluten-free recipes to make your transition easier!
4 – Soy
This one surprises many of our patients because they have always been told that it’s a health food. Soy is actually a very inflammatory food. Most of the soy we eat is GMO and heavily sprayed with pesticides. Avoid this ingredient in your health foods.
5 – Certain Oils
Bad fats such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and rancid vegetable oils are linked to cellular congestion and inflammation. They are connected to cancer, chronic fatigue, and neurotoxin syndrome. Avoid cottonseed oil, soybean oil, vegetable oils, corn oil, canola oil, and margarines. Upgrade to coconut oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil.
6 – Processed Foods
Avoid processed foods that are full of additives, food colorings, artificial sugars, vegetable oils, and other foods that are inflammatory and harmful to your health. The consumption of highly processed foods has been shown to increase your risk of an early death. Choose whole foods, and when possible, pick organic ones. Pesticides are common in processed foods and lead to increased inflammation. Check out our article on the dirty dozen to find out which foods have the highest pesticide residue.
Cut Foods that Cause Inflammation from Your Diet
Choosing the right food can reduce your inflammation and make you healthier. You will be surprised at the symptoms that will alleviate when you cut foods that cause inflammation from your diet. Check out some of our food upgrades for easy swaps and The Noninflammatory Diet Book to learn more. You get to choose your foods! Choose healthy!
Written by Dr. Patrick Flynn