Updated: Feb 8, 2022
Do you feel tired all the time? Do you have aches and pains in your body? Do you experience bloating or cramping? Do you wake up with a stuffy nose? Do you break out a lot? Do you experience brain fog or headaches?
If so, it is probably a way your body lets you know there is too much inflammation. Let's go over a few foods that can contribute to inflammation.
Common Toxins in Food
Refined Vegetable and Seed Oils
Vegetable oils are highly refined products with no essential nutrients. In that respect, they are “empty” calories. They’re high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fats, which contain multiple double bonds that are prone to damage and rancidity when exposed to light or air. Processed vegetable and seed oils contain omega-6 fats. Most people are eating too much of these fats already, which may lead to several health problems.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in the plastic containers of many common foods and beverages. The main food sources are bottled water, packaged foods and canned items, such as fish, chicken, beans and vegetables. BPA is believed to mimic estrogen by binding to the receptor sites meant for the hormone. This can disrupt normal function
Trans fats are the unhealthiest fats you can eat. They’re created by pumping hydrogen into unsaturated oils in order to turn them into solid fats. According to Healthline, controlled studies in humans have confirmed that trans fats lead to inflammation, which has profoundly negative effects on heart health. This includes impaired ability of arteries to properly dilate and keep blood circulating.
Sugar is high in fructose, and excess fructose intake has been linked to many serious conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease. Trans fats are the unhealthiest fats you can eat. They’re created by pumping hydrogen into unsaturated oils in order to turn them into solid fats.
According to Healthline controlled studies in humans have confirmed that trans fats lead to inflammation, which has profoundly negative effects on heart health. This includes impaired ability of arteries to properly dilate and keep blood circulating.
While small amounts of sugar are harmless for most people, some individuals are unable to stop after a small amount. In fact, they may be driven to consume sugar in the same way that addicts are compelled to drink alcohol or take drugs. Some researchers have attributed this to sugar’s ability to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that stimulates reward pathways
Foods That Heal
One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods: tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges. Dr. Hu from Harvard, notes in particular fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, apples, and leafy greens that are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols(protective compounds found in plants) aid in decreasing inflammation in the body.
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