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Inflammatory Foods

Would you like to feel your best every day?  Do you want to wake up in a great mood, bursting with energy, and having the motivation to tackle each day?  Change the way you eat and you could feel amazing each and every day of your life.

 

Food can be divided into two categories:  foods that promote inflammation in the body (pro-inflammatory foods) and foods that reduce inflammation in the body (anti-inflammatory foods).  What is inflammation?  

 

Typically we think of inflammation as the pain, redness, and swelling that follows an injury.  However, the biochemical pathways that result in redness and swelling can create inflammation in our entire body when our diet is rich in pro-inflammatory foods.  In a sense, our entire body is “injured” when we consume such a diet.

 

Inflammation is simply the way that the cells in our body communicate with each other when they are unhappy.  Think about how two co-workers might communicate when they are fighting or angry with each other.  Their words are hostile, short, and tense.  Pro-inflammatory foods make our bodies angry!  When the cells in our bodies are communicating in an angry, inflammatory way it results in low levels of damage to our blood vessels, heart, liver, kidneys, brain, and pancreas.  Over time this damage increases the likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.  It all starts with the foods we choose each day.  Every food you put into your body either increases inflammation or decreases inflammation.  It’s that simple.

 

Pro-inflammatory foods include fatty meats (especially beef), grains, processed foods (fast food, pre-packaged foods), sugary foods, and soft drinks.  Anything made with vegetable oil (corn, soybean, sunflower seed, safflower seed, cotton seed, peanut) is also extremely inflammatory.  Avoid these oils!  Alcohol and cigarettes increase inflammation in the body as well.  For most Americans, pro-inflammatory foods comprise 60-80% of their diet.

 

Anti-inflammatory foods include all fruits, vegetables, lean meat and protein (skinless chicken, fish, omega-3 eggs), and raw nuts.  Olive oil and butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows are also anti-inflammatory.

 

Inflammatory foods cause our bodies to release specific substances (PGE2, IL-1, and IL-6) that create an acute phase response.  This response “communicates” that damage has occurred in the body.  A local response, surrounding an injury, results in pain, redness, and swelling.  An avalanche of these substances is released throughout the body when we have a cold or the flu.  This acute phase response is why we feel tired, achy, and feverish when we are sick.

 

When 60% of your diet is composed of pro-inflammatory foods, there are low levels of acute phase substances released into your body each and every day.  Not only does this increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, but it also affects the way you feel.  Studies show that this chronic acute phase response causes increased pain sensitivity, a depressed mood, irritability, memory loss, reduced social interactions, general lack of motivation, and an increased desire to sleep.  Imagine feeling like you have a mild case of the flu every day of your life!  For most people, this is so common that they no longer remember what it feels like to be healthy – and the underlying cause is the foods we choose to eat.

 

Does this sound like you?  Are you starting to realize that your diet is pro-inflammatory?  Are you making the connection that the foods you have been choosing are causing you to feel tired, irritable, and sluggish?  Are you ready to take that first step onto the path towards a stronger, healthier you?  What better motivation is there than to feel your absolute best each and every day of your life?

 

Only you can make the commitment to honor your body.  Once you decide to do so, correcting your diet will feel like a new freedom and not a burden.  Making a deeper commitment to your health is a lifestyle choice that enables you to live powerfully.  You will make decisions for your greater good and avoid the seduction of immediate gratification.  The choice is yours.  Change your diet and wake up each day feeling like a brand new you!

Passion. Commitment. Belief.

Pro-Inflammatory Foods

Fatty meats, lunch meat, hot dogs, sausage

 

Baked goods & grains (pasta, bread, cereal)

 

Processed foods: boxed and frozen dinners

 

Sugar

 

Seed/Legume Oils (corn, sunflower seed, etc)

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

All fruits & vegetables

 

Fresh fish, skinless chicken, lean red meat

 

Omega-3 eggs

 

Raw nuts

 

Spices (oregano garlic, turmeric, etc)

 

Olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil

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