Before we begin, it’s crucial to point out that inflammation is normal.
It’s the protective and (typically) temporary response of the immune system. So while inflammation is a “buzzword” with negative connotations, it’s fundamental to optimal human health and function. Under normal conditions, inflammation is a self-limiting and controlled process of the immune system. But, when it’s recurrent or poorly regulated, unhealthy levels ensue. As do problems…
So what causes inflammation?
Numerous lifestyle and dietary factors contribute to persistent, unhealthy levels of inflammation and disrupt the body’s natural process.
Take a look at the typical Western-style diet (also called the Standard American Diet, SAD). This diet is characterized by the overconsumption of heavily processed, refined carbohydrates; simple sugars; low-quality, refined vegetable and seed oils; trans fats; and food products from feedlot animals.
Simply put, there are NO health benefits from industrial-produced trans fats. Yet they’ve become so commonplace in processed “foods.” They’re typically added (as partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils) to increase half-life and improve mouth feel. Yet nutritionally speaking, trans fats are a major offender when it comes to inflammation, causing chronic diseases.
Refined Carbohydrates and Sugar:
Regular consumption of processed carbohydrates (ex: refined flours and the “foods” made with them) and added sugars have to be included in any list that highlights foods that cause inflammation.
When consuming such foods, the body handles this by initiating a stress response. This stress response also elicits an inflammatory response and the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals.
In the end, this toxic inflammation build up contributes to achy joints, premature aging of the skin (and less visible organs like the heart, kidneys, and liver), difficulty shedding excess weight, cognitive decline, forgetfulness, feeling blue and moody, and so much more…
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