Today we continue with what an "anti-inflammatory" diet is.
Now . . . can you guess what foods cause the worst amount of "inflammation" in the body???
Well . . . that would be . . . sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, artificial trans fats, vegetable oil and seed oils, refined carbohydrates like breads and pastries, French fries and other fried foods, soda and sweetened beverages, red meat, processed meats like hot dogs and sausages, margarine, shortening and lard and "ALCOHOL". Just to mention a few.
And the elements we need to "eliminate" and/or "avoid" are . . .
Any source of "glutens"
White, refined sugars
And avoiding "stress"
These are all "high" "inflammatory" foods and actions
Okay . . . so how do we correct this problem of "inflammation" in the body from food???
Well first . . . consuming "anti-inflammatory" foods (which we'll talk about later)
And . . .
Adding herbs and spices to the diet
Drinking lots of water
And doing "light" to "moderate" exercise
So how do "inflammatory" foods actually affect the body you ask???
Well . . .
Research shows that what you eat can affect the levels of C-reactive "proteins" (CRP) in the body. And these are the markers for "inflammation" in our blood.
And with this . . . foods like processed sugars will help release inflammatory messengers in the body that can raise the risk of "chronic inflammation".
And this "chronic inflammation" can wreck havoc to the body causing damage to our DNA and can play a major role in the buildup of plaque in the arteries increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Whereas . . . other foods like fruits and veggies can help the body fight against oxidative stress, which remember is when there's an imbalance between "free radical" (what damages DNA) and the capability of cells to clean them out of the body.
BUT . . . I bet you didn't see this one coming . . . unfortunately . . . this process of trying to help the body by eating nutritious fruits and veggies . . . can backfires on us and also triggers "inflammation"
So I guess the saying "WE ARE WHAT WE EAT" is absolutely correct!
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