As you already know, we do not get younger as we age and the same goes for our bodies as well. And believe it or not inflammation is a big culprit in that process. Furthermore, there are foods you consume in your diet that can increase the amount of inflammation in your body, thus causing you to age even faster. That’s not good new is it? Nope. In order to help you here are 13 inflammatory foods that are bad for you and you should avoid.
13 Inflammatory Foods That Are Bad For You And Should Be Avoided
You know that eating too much sugar is bad for your teeth and can increase your chances of developing diabetes. Also, sugar is extremely acidic by nature which means it can cause inflammation.
What kind of sugar are we talking about? Processed sugar found in cakes, cookies, pies, etc. Not the naturally occurring sugar found in fruits, vegetables, etc. Avoid the processed stuff to keep your inflammation under control.
2) Artificial Sweeteners
Obviously, anything that is not naturally occurring means you should stay away from. Corn syrup is an artificial sweetener that is really bad news. Again, skip any artificial sweeteners. Instead opt for raw organic honey or even molasses as far as a sweetener goes.
3) Cooking Oil – Vegetable
Why is this a problem? Vegetables oils are usually high in Omega-6 fatty acids which can trigger pro-inflammatory chemicals that can cause inflammation. Vegetable oils are used in just about any fatty processed foods – cakes, cookies, fried chicken, french fries. A better alternative would be olive oil, or coconut oil.
4) Trans Fats
These lovely creatures increase the inflammatory response when consumed. In addition to being a culprit for inflammation, they also, raise bad cholesterol and contribute to heart disease. What has trans fats? Anything that tastes good – fast food, sweets, etc. Avoid them by consuming fresh whole foods – fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.
5) Dairy Products
Milk is the chief problem child here. Not only does it cause inflammation it can cause skin issues, constipation, breathing problems. Milk is a known allergen. Not to mention the antibiotics that the cows are fed in which the milk becomes infected with. What can you substitute for milk? Almond milk, cashew milk.
6) Non-Organic Meat
Meat you but at the grocery store that has been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to get them plump and fat so they can be slaughtered quicker and faster. Unfortunately, you consume those things when eating that meat, which can cause inflammation. What do you do as an alternative? Eat organic, grass fed meat.
7) Processed Meat
Meat that is smoked, cured, salted. These types of meats often have nitrates in them. What types of meats do you speak of? Deli meats, ham, hot dogs, salami, bacon. Also, the ingredients in these types of meats can be carcinogenic causing cancer. Eat fresh whole meats – chicken, steak, fish, etc.
Consuming alcohol causes inflammation of the stomach, esophagus, larynx, Over time the inflammation gets worse which can lead to an increase in getting cancer. Limit or don’t drink alcohol at all as an alternative.
9) Refined Grains
We’re talking about enriched white flour found in white bread, pasta, white rice, pastries, etc. It’s like eating spoonful after spoonful of pure white sugar in terms of how unhealthy it is for you. What can you substitute with? Whole grains – wheat, flaxseed, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth.
10) Monosodium Glutamate
Also known as MSG for short. Found in Chinese foods mainly. Again MSG is artificial which means that it’s bad for you. In this context MSG is a factor in causing inflammation within your body when consumed. Minimize MSG where you can.
Corn in and of itself is good for you. Especially, the natural stuff you buy at a farm stand. The type of corn you need to watch out for is the stuff in baked goods, processed meat, cereals. sweets. etc. Alternatives? For one don’t eat that crap I just mentioned. And two eat organic, fresh grown corn.
12) Refined Salt
What do you mean? All of the sodium found in processed foods, fast foods, frozen foods, canned foods, etc. Limit your intake of those and if a recipe calls for salt use Himalayan salt.
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What do you mean by that? If a particular food causes an issue with you, eliminate it from your diet and then re-introduce it back into your diet to make sure that is the food causing you a problem with inflammation. Once you determine whether there is a problem or not, substitute with some other option mentioned previously.
In addition to eating well make sure you exercise and sleep 7 to 9 hours each night to help keep inflammation throughout your body at bay.