Start thinking of inflammation as a 4 letter word. The damage it inflicts, internally, on the human body results in chronic health issues, skin problems, poor digestive health and more. To prevent illness as disease, not to mention look and feel your best, reduce or eliminate the following 6 inflammatory foods to avoid. Your internal AND external health will benefit greatly.
Sugar: In addition to all the other health risks associated with sugar consumption, add to it extreme inflammation in the body. Inflammation caused by sugar leads to diabetes, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia, unstable blood sugar, weakened immune system and anxiety. Plus a host of other problems listed here. Sugar also depletes essential nutrients, such as vitamin B, from the body, which is necessary for healthy body function and metabolism.
Meat: Meat creates acid and inflammation in the body. Of all animal proteins, red meat is the worst offender, but all meats contain arachidonic acid, which promotes not only inflammation, but the formation of cancer cells in the body. Limit meat consumption to 1-2 times a day and ALWAYS opt for wild-caught, cage-free, grass-fed options, limiting your exposure to and absorption of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives added to animal products. And be sure to counter-balance inflammation caused by meat with plenty of alkalizing fresh vegetables.
Gluten: Because the human body lacks the enzymes to break down gluten completely, inflammation ensues. This inflammation leads to chronic health problems such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, vomiting, nausea, skin irritation, fatigue, muscle cramps, fog brain and depression.
Dairy: Like gluten, dairy contains simple sugars that the human body was never designed to break down, leading to digestive distress and inflammation. This inflammation, in turn, lead to difficulty digesting food, bloating, brittle bones and skin problems, just to name a few. Milk specifically, has been directly linked to breast, prostate and bladder cancer, as well lymphoma.
Oil(s): Certain oils, such as coconut, olive, avocado and palm oil offer a multitude of health benefits since healthy fats, which the body needs to function well, help the body absorb and assimilate vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. What you should avoid, however, are oils like vegetable, corn, soy, peanut and sunflower, which are extremely high in inflammatory Omega 6’s and cause destructive inflammation in the body.
Coffee: All things in moderation. As this pertains to coffee, this wise adage was never more true. Though coffee can have offer certain health benefits, such as type 2 diabetes protection, liver support and Parkinson’s disease protection, coffee is also acidic, resulting in inflammation. Caffeine also blocks the body’s absorption of calcium, leading to weaker bones. Though not as catastrophic as the foods listed above, it’s best to moderate and limit coffee consumption to one cup of organic coffee a day.
Alcohol: Alcohol contains various chemicals that have a carcinogenic effect on the body, which can lead to and/or exacerbate certain cancers. Excess alcohol, for example, has been shown to raise estrogen levels in women, leading to an increased risk for breast cancer. No need to go 100% alcohol free, though. Like coffee, moderate amounts of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine with dinner 2-3 times a week, isn’t going to result in chronic inflammation the way daily drinking would.
For additional support with your health goals and dietary needs, visit Eat Clean Health for a detailed breakdown of the nutrition plans, detox programs, and group workshops we offer. Or contact Jodi directly for one-on-one nutrition support, information and healthy living tips and tools. And don’t forget to sign up for the monthly Eat Clean Health newsletter!
Jodi will also be presenting a free ‘10 Keys to Healthy Eating’ workshop at the Naples Wellness Center & Spa in Long Beach on Thurs. March 20th at 2 pm. Come on over and learn simple, effective tools for eating clean and improving your overall mental and physical health.