Experiencing Inflammation? Don't Eat These Foods

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Chronic inflammation has been credited with causing cancers and expediting the aging process. It's also been said to play a serious role in the onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Crazy to think that something as common as "swelling" could be so dangerous, right? But it could also be prevented, so long as you're willing to adjust your diet. 

Here are a few foods you should consider avoiding if you want to reduce inflammation:

1. Anything Fried

Fried foods contain a thick layer of fat, also known as batter, around it. As unhealthy as this unnecessary fat is, it's actually the temperatures that fried food's prepared at that's the primary cause of inflammation. Fried foods are prepared at temperatures between 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit (177-191 degrees Celsius). At this range, the food forms glycation, which is very unhealthy.

2. Trans Fats

In the past, processed foods were notorious for containing excessive levels of trans fats. It's wise to check labels for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – and if you see that, put it back on the self. These trans fats damage the cells that line our blood vessels, which actually stimulates inflammation. 

3. White Bread

White breads and pastas are quickly broken down into sugars and are absorbed by the body. The refinement process that these two foods undergo irritates the body and as a result causes inflammation. If you love breads and pastas, no problem. Just opt for whole grain varieties instead. 

4. Alcohol

Alcohol technically isn't food, but the danger it imposes on health can't be ignored. Heavy consumption of alcohol causes inflammation. Bacteria can penetrate through the intestinal wall when heavy consumption occurs which initiates an autoimmune response that involves irritation and inflammation.

5. Gluten

Gluten free diets have become recently popular. Gluten is a substance in cereal grains and wheat .It is known for causing bloating and digestive problems. These and other findings are persuading more individuals to stop consuming the substance altogether. 

Like most things in life, it's all about moderation. We're not saying you shouldn't ever indulge, but just be mindful of what you're putting into your body - and how much of it.