Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Triggers for Inflammation

Some believe that inflammation may have its roots in the digestive system or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the body’s main line of defense against what comes into the body. When working optimally, the GI tract is designed to remove toxins and harmful organisms such as bacteria and viruses from the food you eat before it has a chance to reach the rest of the body. Unfortunately, the digestive system may become overwhelmed by what is put into it and/or by what could be helpful but is not put into it. Reportedly some foods are more likely to trigger gut inflammation than others, including:

  • Refined sugars and candy and deserts made with them
  • Processed and refined foods - white rice, commercial white bread, and products made with white flour such as cookies, pastas, crackers, and many deserts
  • Highly acidic foods
  • Dairy products, especially whole milk products
  • Animal fats
  • Caffeine, alcohol, and sugary beverages
  • Food allergens and/or sensitivities

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