By Sara Butler
Inflammation isn't always a bad thing. It's your body's natural defense when you're sick or injured. In that case, inflammation helps to stimulate healing and help you get better. The danger of inflammation is when it lasts long-term. In fact, researchers are beginning to understand how much chronic inflammation impacts your overall health and wellness, leading to an increased risk of issues such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
One way that you impact the amount of inflammation in your body is through what you eat. Here are a few of the biggest culprits you can include in your diet that spur on inflammation and can end up making you sick.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (and Sugar!)
High-fructose corn syrup and sugar are two of the main types of sugar you'll find added to the packaged foods you buy. Added sugars are harmful in your diet because they increase chronic inflammation, which may increase your risk of chronic disease.
Remember that the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables are a fine addition to a healthy diet, but it's the added sugars you must be on the lookout for.
Artificial trans fats are basically the unhealthiest thing you can eat. These fats are normally found on the label as "partially hydrogenated" oils and you can find them in margarine, to which they are added in order to extend shelf life.
The problem with trans fats is that even foods labeled as "zero trans fat" may still have a small amount per serving -- and no amount of trans fat is healthy for you, no matter how small. That's because these fats reduce your good cholesterol while increasing your bad cholesterol, which puts you at risk for chronic inflammation and chronic disease.
Your body needs carbohydrates in order to stay healthy, but it has to be the right kind of carbohydrates if you want to keep chronic inflammation at bay. Unprocessed, complex carbohydrates are a great addition to your diet, but refined carbohydrates need to be left out.
Refined carbohydrates have been so processed that they have almost no fiber or nutrients. That means they impact your blood sugar and cause it to rise and fall sharply and swiftly, which puts you at a higher risk for chronic inflammation and chronic disease.
Inflammation is a serious, so do what you can to avoid it. If you need more guidance, discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic!
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