Chronic inflammation is underrated. People do not realize that they suffer from acne, headaches, fatigue, mood swings, premature aging, and weight loss problems because of chronic inflammation. In fact, the list of health issues is much longer.
While most of us strive to eat foods that help to fight inflammation, we do not pay attention to healthy foods that can worsen the symptoms.
Sometimes healthy foods are not that healthy at all. Here are five seemingly healthy foods that actually increase inflammation.
1. Nonfat yogurts
If you are trying to lose weight or just eat healthy, the word ‘fat’ probably scares you. Switching to nonfat versions is not the best way to lose weight as well as reduce inflammation. Nonfat yogurts, especially fruit versions, contain sugar and artificial sweeteners as well as artificial fillers and thickeners that increase inflammation.
Eat homemade, full-fat yogurts instead. If you do not tolerate dairy foods, try coconut or almond milk yogurt. Add your favorite fruit and you’ve got a healthy, anti-inflammatory lunch to eat on the go.
Every vegetarian includes soy in their meal plan because they know how healthy it is. When you suffer from chronic inflammation, though, soy products are an unhealthy choice. Since most processed foods contain soy, make sure you cook healthy meals at home instead of ordering take outs. Or, at least, read the labels carefully.
3. Seed oil
In most countries people use seed oils on a daily basis .Sunflower oil is a cheap and seemingly healthy oil that is rich in vitamin A, omega-6s, and omega-3s, but it can increase your inflammation and contribute to your weight gain. Same goes for canola, corn, and soybean oils. They all are heavily processed.
Seed oils contain also much omega-6s that have been shown to increase inflammation instead of lowering it. Olive oil is one of the healthiest options here. It is rather expensive, but your health is more essential than money.
4. Wheat breads
Whole wheat bread is loaded with sugar and sodium. Eating whole wheat breads regularly increases your glucose level and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Switch to gluten-free or grain-free bread to reduce inflammation. If you can’t eliminate wheat bread from your daily eating plan, reduce its consumption to a minimum.
5. Drinks that contain artificial sweeteners
Sodas, including diet soda, are chock-full of artificial sweeteners that can cause glucose intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. Avoid drinking beverages that contain sugar and artificial sweeteners if you are looking to reduce inflammation or drop weight. Opt for plain water with lemon, cucumber, or your favorite fruit. It is high in vitamins that strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health.
Consider eliminating these foods from your eating plan for at least 15 days. The results might greatly surprise you. Just because it is called healthy does not mean it is healthy indeed. Eating the all-natural foods your body crave will help you banish inflammation for good.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé