Our diet, the items we ingest, from soup to nuts can sometimes have an adverse effect on our bodies that results in chronic health challenges. Acid reflux, aches and pains in various places, high blood pressure, etc., can be a result of what we eat and drink.
Eating clean burning foods make a difference.
Here are only 5 culprits that can create inflammation. There are more like sugar, diet soft drinks, fried foods and alcohol.
- Refined grains – White bread (white flour), pasta and even cereal can create inflammation havoc. Moderation of consuming whole grains is encouraged. Avoid cookies, cakes, doughnuts and other carb laden sweets. Remember, high carb white acts as sugar in the bloodstream. You’ll feel much better when those items are eliminated.
- Margarine – Trans fats and partially hydrogenated oil act as butter substitutes and have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Margarine is made from vegetable oils or animal fats and is used for baking and cooking lots of yummy treats. Here’s a factoid: Oleomargarine (later shortened to ‘Margarine’) was invented and patented in 1869 by a French Chemist, Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès, as a direct result of a challenge by Emperor Napoleon III of France who offered a prize to anyone who could produce a cheap butter alternative for use by the armed forces and lower classes. IMHO Butter is better.
- Processed and cured meats – Bacon lovers beware. That goes for you who like “lunch meats”, sausage and bologna…these processed and cured foods can send your inflammation markers soaring. Better choice: oven roasted or baked chicken, turkey, nuts and beans.
- Dairy – Longing for milk and cookies but it causes an upset stomach with diarrhea and constipation? Haven’t had ice cream in ages because the intolerance to dairy is painful and embarrassing? Can’t eat your favorite Mexican entrees because the cheese does not agree with you? Not surprising when you know that over half the world’s population is allergic to milk and milk products. Try almond milk, rice or hemp milk and look for non-dairy treats in your grocer’s freezer.
- Food additives – Become a label reader when buying processed foods. Processed foods contain many additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame. These foods, saturated with additives, refined sugars and saturated fats increase inflammation and cause unhealthy activity in the immune system. The fix: incorporate more colorful vegetables into your diet…raw, steamed and delicious, organic veggies help us in many ways. Fruit is good, too, one or two pieces a day is plenty.