Feeling bloated? Constipated? Moody? Does your face appear swollen? Guess what? Inflammation might be the culprit. Often we overlook our diets and head to the Doctor for a prescription when indeed we can treat this without running to load up on medicine.
Inflammation requires serious consideration as it’s the gateway to other illnesses. When the body is not fuelling and eliminating properly this can cause internal imbalances. A prolonged exposure to this behaviour can really be harmful. Try to gauge causes as soon as you can, to address them.
Foods to avoid on the path to inflammation free:
- Avoid processed foods and when possible, eat organic. Why? To avoid pathogens. These are gut instigators such as herbicides, gluten grains, and genetically modified foods, which create an imbalance in our gut. This imbalance occurs because our DNA is accustomed to eating naturally grown foods, not the franken-food we find on shelves today. Furthermore, it promotes intestinal permeability, changes in our intestinal flora that facilitate the growth of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungus which keep our immune systems in a state of alarm. Overall causing inflammation.
- Avoid sugar. Everyone hears this but often struggle to understand what this actually means. No sweets? No chocolate? Not exactly. Sugar is in a lot of the foods you normally consume. Tomato sauce, for instance, has sugar. Fruit juices are often riddled with it. Flavoured coffees, low-fat yogurts and even “protein bars” at the market. Most canned foods have added sugar and breakfast cereal is the main culprit. You must check your food labels and in the ingredient section, normally the top 3-4 ingredients indicate 90% of the food composition.
For a list of surprising foods that contain sugar, click here.
Adapting to a inflammation free diet:
It’s crucial to not only know the foods to avoid but also the foods to incorporate into your new diet such as the wonders of the superfood tumeric.
One way to determine what foods might be causing you inflammation would be to try the Whole30 programme, an elimination diet tailored to educate people to understand food groups that may unknowingly affect their health.
The way the programme works is by strategically eliminating foods such as: sugar, alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no baked goods/junk foods and no MSG, or sulphites. Take a look at the complete Whole30 programme rules.
Once these are eliminated for 30 days, the programme encourages you to trickle some of these back into your diet. When your body is re-exposed to these elements, you will be able to detect how it affects your body. In many instances, inflammation, constipation and mood swings begin to happen. The programme does not ask you to weigh yourself at all but rather monitor how you feel.
If you continue to feel bloated, see a doctor. It’s best to seek medical advice as soon as possible when you are ill.
For more easy tips on how to adapt to a inflammation-free diet check out our smart tips from nutrition experts.
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