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Foods That Might be Causing Inflammation

Man holding his stomach in discomfort from foods that cause inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an irritant. This irritant might be a foreign body, some type of injury, or even the foods you eat. Some of the most common foods that we enjoy can be causing irritation and inflammation to your body.

As a result, you’re likely not feeling well. Symptoms of an inflammatory response to food include poor sleep, upset stomach, weight gain, and irritability.

Wondering if your diet might be causing your health problems? Here are some of the most common foods linked to inflammation. Understanding the foods that are causing you problems can help you eliminate them from your diet and live a healthier, more enjoyable life.

Sugar

Found in everything from candy bars to sofas, sugar causes the release of cytokines, which when released stimulate an inflammatory response. Look out for ingredients that end in “ose,” such as fructose, lactose, and sucrose.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are commonly found in cheese and other full-fat dairy products, as well as red meat. These fats are linked to heart disease and trigger fat tissue inflammation, which can lead to arthritis inflammation.

Trans Fats

Prior to the Harvard School of Public Health bringing attention to the dangers of trans fats, these fat types were found in everything from fast food to processed snacks to cookies, donuts, and cakes. Avoid any foods that have hydrogenated oils in the ingredient label.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Found in oils like corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, and vegetable, as well as mayonnaise, excessive consumption of these fatty acids can cause your body to produce inflammatory chemicals.

Simple Carbs

Simple carbs break down into sugars and are found in white rice, white flours, and white potatoes. Processed carbs are often attributed to the American obesity epidemic and are attributed to high rates of inflammation as well.

MSG

Monosodium glutamate is found in many of your favorite asian meals, as well as soy sauce. It’s commonly added to soups and salad dressings. This additive enhances food flavoring, however, a result of MSG is its effect on both the liver and subsequent inflammation.

Gluten and Casein

Found in wheat and dairy respectively, gluten and casein trigger inflammatory responses in those who have arthritis, gluten allergies (celiac disease), and lactose intolerance. The inflammatory response can cause extreme stomach pain, diarrhea, and gas.

Aspartame

While you might be tempted to replace sugar with a no calorie sweetener like aspartame, beware of using aspartame. This neurotoxin affects the brain and causes your body to attack the foreign substance by attacking the chemical with an inflammatory response.

Alcohol

Alcohol greatly reduces the function of your liver and interrupts important multi-organ interactions.

If you’re looking to clean up your diet and reduce the amount of inflammatory foods contact Dr. Foss. He can help you understand your diet and examine which foods are negatively affecting your health. Additionally, he can recommend supplements that help your body cleanse and repair itself and get to a point of homeostasis again. You’ll be feeling like a new person in no time.