Sunday, October 19, 2014

Foods That Can Cause Inflammation

A sensitivity or allergy to a specific food, or group of foods, can trigger an immune response within the body. 

Although adverse reactions to a food product are generally mild, the response can be severe enough to cause a chronic immune system response within the body. This means that some inflammatory based forms of chronic illness, and Arthritis, may actually be triggered by these food sensitivities. 

There are definitely foods which can trigger inflammation just as their are foods which can help to reduce it. 

Good Arthritis Foods:

Some foods which help to reduce inflammation are ginger, turmeric, lemon, onions, garlic, strawberries, pineapple, as well as foods which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and walnuts.  

Stay away from the bad fat in oils by cooking with healthy oils such as Olive oil or Canola oil. Reduce your consumption of margarine and butter or switch to an omega rich brand containing 0 trans-fats.

Antioxidants actually have the ability to slow the course, or the very development, of inflammatory based illnesses. So blueberries, broccoli, pomegranate, spinach and green Tea are just a few antioxidant rich foods which can be helpful for reducing inflammation. 

Strawberries unique phenols work much along the same principal as the anti inflammatory drugs Aspirin and Ibuprofen but without the blood thinning properties. Strawberries help to block the COX or cycloxogenase enzymes whose activity has been shown to contribute to inflammation, so eating strawberries may actually help to reduce Arthritic activity.  

Foods high in manganese may be beneficial to those who suffer from such forms of Arthritis as Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Manganese is found largely within the bones, and aides in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as the formation of bone.

Although many individuals have inadequate amounts of Manganese, it is not recommended that Manganese be taken in supplement form because too much of this mineral can interfere with the absorption of other important minerals such as Iron.  

Eating Manganese rich foods such as almonds, beans, blueberries, brown rice, buckwheat, cabbage, cloves, cinnamon, garbanzo beans, garlic, grapes, green beans, kale, lentils, molasses, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, oats, raspberries, romaine lettuce, sesame seeds, spinach, squash, strawberries, swiss char, tomatoes, turnip greens, whole grain rye, and walnuts will insure an adequate amount within the body. 

Yogurt is an important food for those with inflammatory based illnesses but for another reason. It is important for our optimum health that we have good bacteria within our intestinal tract. Medications can kill the good bacteria that exist there but consuming yogurt on a regular basis will insure that a healthy level of this good bacteria exists there.

Cherries are another very good food for those who suffer from Arthritis. Not only are Cherries a strong anti-inflammatory, but they also contain a compound known as Anthocyanins which are a powerful, yet all natural pain killer.

Bad Arthritis Foods:
There are a number of foods which may initiate an inflammatory response by the body's immune system. But it is cheese, and other dairy products that are considered to be at the top of the list for foods which are most likely to trigger an inflammatory response. 

Other foods that rank high on the list of possible triggers for inflammatory based illnesses are corn, wheat, oats, rye, eggs, citrus fruits, nuts, sugar, salt, coffee, and nightshade plants such as tomatoes, white potatoes, red and green bell peppers, chili peppers, eggplant and tobacco.

Inflammatory based types of Arthritis may also be caused, or irritated, by a diet which is high in fats such as that found within red meat, oils, and margarine. Studies have proven that cox-2 enzymes within the body cause more inflammation when there is a higher imbalance between the omega-6 fatty acids and the omega-3 fatty acids in the body. 

If you are a person who suffers from an inflammatory based form of Arthritis (such as Rheumatoid arthritis), then decreasing the amount of red meat, french fries, and other fatty foods that you consume is very important.

Decrease your intake of foods containing omega-6 fats (saturated and trans-fats) and increase your intake of omega-3 fats (flax seed, walnuts and oily fish) as this may help to reduce the imbalance and help to stop the body's inflammatory attack.

Use life style change to reduce your fat intake. Rather than frying foods broil, grill, or poach them.  Eat lean white meats, or fish, in place of high fat beef to help decrease the risk of inflammation caused by a fat imbalance.

If you believe that you may be having problems consuming a specific grain product such as wheat, then take extra care when eating other more healthy grain products such as oatmeal as many times a cross contamination will occur between the various grains during their growth, harvesting, or packaging phases.

The only way for you to know for certain if one or more food products are the root cause of your illness is to eliminate the high risk, or suspect foods, from your diet plan. Then watch for any improvements in your health to occur. This type of diet plan is referred to as an elimination diet, and is used to discover a food allergy, or sensitivity. 


Remember To Take Time To Play
It's Important.
When you participate in pleasurable activities like smiling, laughing, exercising or playing, your brain does an amazing thing and releases a little chemical message known as an endorphin. 

These endorphins are feel good messages that have the power to actually remove physical and emotional pain. They travel down the spine, and then throughout your body, sending a feeling of well being as they go. These endorphins not only have the ability to relieve pain but they also have the power to make you feel happy.
So take time to play
It really is important.