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Avoid These Inflammation-Causing Foods

By Stepy Kamei

If you want to make sure your diet is clean and wholesome, there are a few important steps you need to take when assessing your current dietary plan. One significant aspect that determines a healthy diet is whether the food you eat causes or prevents inflammation from building up in the body. Inflammation is a natural process your body creates in order to protect itself when faced with injury or illness. However, inflammation that is chronic and long lasting tends to come with some pretty negative side effects over time. You can fight off this potential health issue by choosing foods which fight off inflammation, and avoiding foods which cause it.

Sugary Foods

Adding sugar to any sort of snack, meal, beverage, or dessert is quite frankly never a good thing when it comes to your health. This is because refined white sugar is an artificial, processed ingredient. This means that it contains absolutely no nutritional value for the body at all. To make things worse, it is also known to increase levels of inflammation throughout the entire body. This is why it's best to avoid foods which have high sugar content altogether. If you're still really craving something sweet in your food or drink, consider using raw honey as a natural sweetener instead of refined white sugar.

Refined Carbs

It's important to clarify that while carbohydrates are not necessarily bad for your health, refined carbs are. Refined carbs are carbohydrate-heavy foods such as breads and pastas which have been processed to the point where they have been stripped of most of their nutritional content. This means they no longer contain fiber, which is one of the most important nutrients found in naturally carb-heavy foods which have not been refined. Instead, studies have shown that refined carbs are likely to promote the growth of harmful inflammation-inducing bacteria into the gut.

Processed Foods

Generally speaking, foods which have been highly processed and refined tend to lack nutritional content, while further increasing levels of inflammation throughout the body. It's best to add as many whole and unprocessed ingredients as possible to your diet to avoid any negative consequences to your overall health and well-being. It may help to consult with a nutritionist to find out how you can improve your diet and reduce the risk of developing chronic inflammation.

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