What you eat can promote inflammation and have other negative effects on our health.
If you are in pain, or suffering with an inflammatory related condition, it may be helpful to be more mindful of what you eat. Diet may play a role in perpetuating inflammation within the body, both locally around an arthritic joint, or more systemically in association with infection or conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or for example.
Try to avoid sugar, now considered toxic given extent to which it promotes inflammation, oxidation, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. There is a strong correlation between sugar intake and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Sugar has also been linked to behavioural disorders such as ADHD in children, as well as autism - beware of soft drinks, jellies and fruit juices all loaded with sugar.
Eating too much bread, pasta, confectionary, white potatoes and other starchy vegetables also leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, systemic inflammation and type 2 diabetes.
Research shows that limiting carbohydrate intake (while moderately increasing the amounts of healthy fats in diet) can reduce inflammation help with weight management in the long term.
Avoid grain based foods such as bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta etc if you are gluten sensitive (most people are) as gluten as well as other anti nutrients in grains can irritate the intestinal lining, promote inflammation, exacerbate autoimmune conditions. You may experience abdominal pain, bloating, cramps, headaches, aches and pains, difficulting concentrating and find the symptoms of other conditions such as arthritis worsen if you are gluten sensitive.
For more on this topic, read this interesting account by a triathlete suffering from chronic inflammatory issues who changed his life with a change in diet and exercise approach.
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