Inflammatory foods are those that favor and cause more inflammation throughout the body. Inflammatory processes are the starting point for multiple diseases and worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia, arthritis and muscle pain.
Currently, pain is the condition most treated by doctors and specialists. We all know someone who suffers from an almost chronic pain or we are the ones who suffer it. Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are the best-selling drugs in the world. According to the probabilities, this trend will not be reversed in the coming years.
However, our diet continues to be deficient and rich in inflammatory foods. While we all believe that joint pain can only be caused by arthritis, in a swollen body can be diagnosed dozens of diseases. In summary: inflammation = pain. The inflammatory processes in our body give rise to numerous diseases, but what is the origin of the inflammation?
5 Inflammatory foods that you should avoid.
While doctors prescribe analgesics for pain, it is good to know the root of the inflammation and stop any process. Analgesics work to alleviate the discomfort but do not cure. Hippocrates said: “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.” If you suffer from joint pains, muscle aches or some type of fibromyalgia, it is very important that you remove these inflammatory foods from your daily diet.
Both refined sugar and highly processed foods (instant meals, snacks, junk food, etc.), are the worst foods for joint and muscle pain. Sugary or processed foods (which are not always sweet) are inflammatory foods because they significantly irritate the gastrointestinal tract, where a large part of our immune system is located. Experts argue that chronic inflammation originates in the intestine.
As we have seen hundreds of times, alcohol is poison for the organism and when it enters the bloodstream, the body begins multiple processes to eliminate it. While you can take one or another glass sporadically, always remember to do it in moderation. Excess is the worst enemy of pain, it damages the intestinal flora, promotes the growth of fungi and hinders the body’s ability to detoxify. This happens because alcohol, of course, is a molecule of sugar combined with a molecule of fat.
Grains are not inflammatory foods. The problem is that they tend to be more difficult to digest and if you show a certain gastric sensitivity (however mild it may be) they can worsen your condition and promote “leaky gut syndrome”. It is an inflammatory problem when sensitivity to gluten makes the problem worse. Remember that it is not necessary to be celiac to show sensitivity to this protein; It can also occur in mild cases.
All this is worse if we add phytic acid and lectins that have many grains. Both hinder the ability to absorb calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals.
4. Refined vegetable oils.
The most common inflammatory foods in the group of oils are canola, soybean and corn. They contribute to inflammation because they usually present certain genetic modifications that make them difficult to digest. You will usually find them in restaurant meals or as ingredients in refined meals. Try to avoid them!
5. Pasteurized dairy products.
75% of the world population has some lactose intolerance. Obviously, in some people it is so mild that it does not show visible symptoms. However, certain processes that lead to inflammation occur within the body. Pasteurized dairy products are considered inflammatory foods that promote joint or muscle pain.
Some researches maintain that the majority of people sensitive to gluten also present problems when consuming dairy products. This happens because the cows are fed with gluten and contain numerous hormones and chemicals that are then transferred to the milk. Dairy casein is a protein that can act in a similar way to gluten, when it enters the body.