Do you live a “Pro Inflammatory” Lifestyle?
There is a myriad of negative implications that inflammation has on our bodies. Although the solution may seem simple, anti-inflammatory medications, its much more complex than this. In fact, adopting a few preventative lifestyle changes can go a long way in helping you stay healthy and disease-free.
High-sugar foods: Immunosuppression for 2-4 hours after eating
High-fat foods: Especially foods with arachidonic acid and saturated fats (dairy and animal fat primarily)
Food Allergens: Allergens may form immune complexes and lead to inflammation
Foods that promote bacterial overgrowth of the small bowel: Simple sugars and complex carbs quickly digested such as refined white flour and white potatoes
Insufficiency of fiber: Fiber pulls toxins from the GI tract and acts like a broom to sweep them out
Insufficient phytonutrients: Phytonutrients primarily found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, which quench inflammation
Insufficient exercise: 1) Adipose tissue (fat) is pro-inflammatory; 2) Exercising muscle reduces inflammation improves insulin sensitivity
Vitamin D deficiency: Causes inflammation, promotes autoimmunity, and expedites progression of osteoarthritis
Fatty acid imbalances: Insufficiencies of Omega-3 and -6 fats, along with excesses of saturated fat and trans-fats lead to inflammation
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: Especially magnesium, deficiency of which is seen in 20-40% of most “industrialized” populations
Xenobiotic/toxin accumulation: Non-specific but can lead to inflammation and is an underdiagnosed problem
Emotional stress and toxic relationships: Promote inflammation, impair wound healing, and promote immunosuppresion