Are Pro-Inflammatory Foods Really Harmful?


We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.”  Unfortunately, this statement is more accurate than most realize.  The human body’s biochemicals are composed of the foods that we ingest.  Subtle biochemical injuries (dietary trauma) occur throughout our body when we eat a diet that is deficient in fruits and vegetables, and contains refined sugar, vegetable oils (soybean, corn oil, sunflower, safflower oil, peanut oil and cottonseed oil) and trans fats found in nearly all packaged food and deep-fried foods like French fries.  The inflammation associated with a poor diet may initially cause non-specific symptoms (malaise, fatigue, headache, intestinal discomfort).  It is very subtle.  Yet, over time, this diet-driven inflammation leads to the common, chronic diseases that plague our society.

We all must decide how much pain and suffering we are willing to live with, and then, eat and exercise accordingly.  The fewer inflammatory foods you eat, the less inflammation you will have and feel.  No one is perfect with their eating….just do your best.  We all need to be careful about consuming pro-inflammatory foods and not take for granted what appears to be good health.  The good news is that we can decrease inflammation and feel better by enjoying anti-inflammatory foods.

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