5 Inflammation-Causing Foods and 1 Easy Fix
The subject of Inflammation has been in the news quite a lot lately, and for good reason. Inflammation plays a role in most of the chronic diseases we see today, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even acne!
Temporary inflammation is good—our bodies depend on inflammatory processes to heal injuries and fight off infection. But when acute inflammation turns chronic, the immune system starts attacking normal cells and the normal healing process turns harmful.
One great way to reduce inflammation is to reduce or remove the following 5 inflammation producing foods from your diet. But sometimes that isn’t enough. Read to the end to discover my go-to solution for inflammation!
Sugar is at the top of my list for inflammatory foods, and it’s one of the most prevalent in our diets. The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugars daily! This increased sugar consumption releases inflammatory messengers called cytokines which can wreak havoc in your body. To avoid sugars, eat whole, non-processed foods. When you do eat processed foods, read the labels to avoid any word ending in “ose” such as fructose or sucrose.
Trans fats are known to trigger systemic inflammation, and even small quantities can be problematic. Most trans fats are found in fast foods, processed snack foods, cookies, doughnuts, and most stick margarines. Check food labels for the presence of trans fats, but be aware that food products with less than 0.5 grams per serving do not need to list trans fat on the food label. Instead check the ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils—these are a sure sign that trans fats are present.
Oils with Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Though our bodies need omega 6 fatty acids for normal growth and development, we often don’t get a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Eat too many foods containing omega-6 fatty acids and the body starts to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Avoid cooking with oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, and vegetable. You may also find these oils in mayonnaise and salad dressings.
Foods made with white flour, white rice, and white potatoes, as well as many other cereal grains have high levels of refined carbohydrates. Processed carbohydrates send your blood sugar into the stratosphere, and also create advanced glycation end (AGE) products that boost inflammation. Picture a candied apple: the sugar that forms around the apple hardens in the same way that advanced glycation products harden around nerves and arterioles, restricting blood supply and creating dysfunction.
Gluten and casein
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley whereas casein is found in dairy products. Both substances can promote inflammation and should be avoided, especially by people who are prone to inflammation.
While you should work to remove these inflammatory foods from your diet, no one eats perfectly 100% of the time. Even if your diet is perfect, often stressors and environmental toxins can lead to inflammation.
1 Easy Fix
One of the products I love to use with people who suffer from inflammation is Omax3 Professional Strength, a professional strength omega-3 supplement. The omega-3 oils in this supplement were developed by Yale University-affiliated physicians, and contain a balanced 4:1 ratio of EPA to DHA (two omega-3 fatty acids) which research shows is the best ratio to reduce inflammation.
Clinical research shows that the omega-3 in Omax3 Professional Strength reduces joint discomfort and increases mobility, improves mood health, and enhances cognitive function. This supplement has also been shown to significantly improve cardiovascular risk factors. In one 3-month study, patients experienced a 31% reduction in triglycerides, a 13% reduction in total cholesterol, an 11% reduction in LDL, and a 9.8% improvement in cholesterol/HDL ratio.
The main reason that I recommend Omax3 Professional Strength over other omega-3 supplements is its purity. If you want to test your omega-3 supplement for purity, place it in the freezer for 24 hours. While Omax3 Professional Strength stays clear, other omega-3 supplements cloud over with impurities such as saturated fats, omega-6 fats, and toxins like mercury, lead, and PCBs.
Along with removing inflammation-causing foods from your diet, the omega-3 fatty acids in Omax3 Professional Strength will help reduce inflammation in your body and reduce your risk of chronic disease!