Is Your Diet Fanning the Flames of Inflammation?
Ok, so we’ve all heard of the major diseases in our society; Cancer, Heart Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, Arthritis. These diseases not only wreak havoc on our bodies, but they also are a huge burden on our healthcare system and our society. So what if I told you that there is a condition that links them all! You bet there is, and that condition is inflammation.
Actually inflammation is a reaction to protect the body from destructive elements that have been introduced into our systems. So what does this have to do with our diet? Well, the food that we put into our bodies can often be that destructive element.
Here are 5 foods that we can eliminate to reduce inflammation and disease.
Oh my sweet sweet devilish friend. How you tempt me. Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It is found in literally everything we eat and is a major cause of inflammation. I’m not saying stop sugar all together, but be mindful of where it’s coming from and cut back. Feel a craving for sweets coming on? Grab a piece of fruit.
Highly inflammatory especially in processed form. Guess what happens when you consume processed wheat? It turns to sugar!(see above) Also most wheat is now genetically modified(GMO) and contains gluten which is starting to be linked to many serious health conditions. As an alternative choose grains like Quinoa, Buckwheat or Millet.
I’m not saying that you have to go vegetarian or vegan. Just cut back a little. Don’t make meat the center piece of your meal. Surround your meal with healthy vegetables and grains. Also, be mindful of your meat purchases. Go organic and hormone and antibiotic free. Clean, ethically raised meat is a lot healthier.
Today’s dairy products are packed with sugar, antibiotics and hormones. All contribute to inflammation. Dairy doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value so why consume it? Except for cheese of course. Have a little bit of cheese. Look for raw cheese in your local grocery store.
Love my handcrafted beer, but it doesn’t always love me. Not much to be said here. We all know about the challenges with alcohol. Remember alcohol is a cousin of our evil friend sugar. If you drink, then practice moderation and reduce your inflammation.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. By reducing inflammation in our bodies as we age, we can go from being sick and old to healthy and happy, and the easiest way to do this is through nutrition. I’m not asking you to make drastic changes, just conscious changes. Take control and become a happier and healthier you!