ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET: 15 FOODS TO AVOID AND WHY YOU MUST!

Preventing inflammation in your body can be simple when you follow an anti-inflammatory diet. There are bundles of foods that cause inflammation, and cutting back on them will improve your overall health. Chronic inflammation can lead to worrisome health problems, such as heart disease, acne, and even cancer, so being aware of the foods that cause inflammation is crucial for a healthy lifestyle.

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On the other hand, temporary inflammation is important for your body as it helps fight off injuries and sudden infections. Unfortunately, in today’s world, much inflammation has become chronic due to the foods we consume, and it has become destructive to our systems.

White sugar, deep-fried foods, and alcohol are obvious culprits, as are foods high in trans fats, gluten, and dairy. Some foods, like peanuts and vegetable oil, may be flying under your radar as foods you should avoid, so make sure to check out this handy list to get the low down on inflammatory foods to steer clear of.

The good news is, there are certain foods to add to your diet that will help fight inflammation. Fatty, oily fish like salmon and tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. Dark leafy greens fight inflammation due to their high antioxidant content, and berries are also super rich in anti-oxidants so they should be eaten as much as possible! Chia seeds, avocados, ginger, and garlic have also been found to combat inflammation, so work them into your diet as much as you can.

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1. White sugar

White sugar, found in goodies like pop, chocolate bars, and sweets is one of the biggest culprits of inflammation. It elevates blood glucose levels and is also highly addictive, which means if you start eating sugary foods, you’ll crave them more and more. Everything in moderation is okay, but the less white sugar you have in your system, the better.

2. Sweeteners

Sweeteners like Agave and Splenda are really no better than sugar itself, and might even be worse. Not only do they cause inflammation but they are also linked to other health conditions and diseases since sugar slows your white blood cell activity.

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3. Peanuts

This shouldn’t be surprising since so many people are prone to peanut allergies, but peanuts can cause major inflammation in the body. This extends to peanut butter and oil as well, so it’s probably in your best interest to switch to organic almond, cashew, or other nut butter.

4. Alcohol

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but alcohol causes inflammation due to its negative effect on your liver function. Excessive amounts of alcohol can disturb the way your organs interact leading to inflammation and other diseases. If you can’t eliminate it, then drink it in moderation – everyone needs that glass of wine after a long day, but too much booze can be harmful.

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