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March 07, 2022

Chronic inflammation is the cause of countless diseases and disorders that plague the modern world. Chronic inflammation lasts a long time, often for a year or more. You may also have a need for ongoing medical care and difficulties doing the things you need to do every day. These behaviors, called activities of daily living, include things like using the toilet and getting dressed.


Chronic inflammation has disease-specific symptoms, but may also bring invisible symptoms like pain, fatigue and mood disorders. Pain and fatigue may become a frequent part of your day. Along with your illness, you probably have certain things you have to do to take care of yourself, like take medicine or do exercises. Keeping up with your health management tasks might also cause stress.

 

If you are trying to start your anti-inflammatory diet, you might find it confusing and hard, especially at first. It may sound simple and easy but there is so  much conflicting data, information, and theories that it could potentially stress you out and you might just opt out of the diet, or quit midway. 


Although the information on what to eat and its ratios may be varied, many of the trusted sources can agree on one thing. There are some food no-no's out there that you have to avoid like a plague.


These are some of the foods you need to avoid when starting your anti-inflammatory diet. Not only are these unhealthy, but these foods actually exacerbate your inflammation. You may not feel it instantaneously, but its effects can stack and you’re left feeling terrible with no energy.

 

 

Sugar

It may be hard to resist desserts, pastries, chocolate bars, sodas, even fruit juices. However, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Sugar goes by many names so look out for any word ending in “ose,” e.g. fructose or sucrose on ingredient labels.


Saturated Fats

Several studies have shown that saturated fats trigger adipose (fat tissue) inflammation, which is not only an indicator for heart disease but it also worsens arthritis inflammation. Pizza and cheese are the biggest sources of saturated fats in the average American diet, according to the National Cancer Institute. Other culprits include meat products (especially red meat), full-fat dairy products, pasta dishes and grain-based desserts.

Aspartame

Trying to go sugar-free? Aspartame is a non-nutritive, intense artificial sweetener found in more than 4,000 products worldwide. While it’s approved by the FDA, studies on its effects are mixed, and the impact on people with autoimmune disease are unknown. If you are sensitive to this chemical, your immune system may react to the “foreign substance” by attacking the chemical, which in return, will trigger an inflammatory response.

 

Alcohol

Alcohol is a burden to the liver. Excessive use weakens liver function and disrupts other multi-organ interactions and can cause inflammation. It is best eliminated or used in moderation.


Red and processed meats

Processed meats have been salted, cured, fermented or smoked for flavor or preservation purposes. Research shows both processed and red meats are high in saturated fat, which causes inflammation.


These are some foods that include components that might cause or exacerbate inflammation. If you can completely cut off these foods from your diet, all the better. Many nutritionists even suggest that even people without chronic inflammation can heavily benefit from removing these from their diet altogether as well. For example, sugary or processed foods are more likely to trigger inflammation, while fresh, whole meals are less likely. This is why fruits and vegetables are emphasized in an anti-inflammatory diet because of their high concentration of antioxidants.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the only variables in an anti-inflammatory diet

One of the main reasons why it’s difficult starting the anti-inflammatory diet is that so many variables are at play here. While food may help relieve chronic inflammation in the body, adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet might seem like an impossible task. What you need is a clear-cut guide that is made by someone with chronic inflammation like you. Something tried and tested and is guaranteed to work.

 

With the variety of options in The Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for Beginners, you can make the transition as easy as possible. A meal plan and a broad range of dishes may help simplify life while reducing inflammation.

It is a collection of delicious and nutritious recipes that are easy to follow and do not need a lot of time to prepare, and are tremendously healthy. The meal plan also includes everything you need to know to start with your anti-inflammatory diet today. No more worries of what food to avoid with this meal plan.