When its... so good, yet hurts so bad!
Yes as hard as it may be to accept, it's true, what you eat may be the very reason you are living with chronic inflammation triggering chronic pain.
It's easy to fall under the spell of the food industry's manipulation of food and find yourself addicted. This has been a major focus on their agenda for decades and decades. They are experts and continue to be very successful with their goals.
The very foods you may be consuming everyday may be the cause your inflammatory grief. Even foods you believed to be healthier choices. While inflammation can be an essential part of our body's innate healing process, when it becomes chronic, it's time to take action.
Working as a speaker/educator and wellness coach for decades I've heard the claim, "I eat a healthy diet" from oh so many. However, upon closer inspection most are shocked to discover their view of 'healthy' has been mislead by the food industry and the very cause of their chronic inflammatory challenges.
As we addressed in Tip One, a number of factors cause inflammation such as:
injury, toxicity, infection, allergy, emotional trauma, nutritional allergies, intolerances and deficiencies. While some inflammation is essential for the healing process, our challenge comes when inflammation becomes a chronic condition due to dietary choices.
This means the foods we eat have immense impact upon our immune health. Foods literally fuel or subdue inflammatory responses. In other words, certain foods ignite inflammation while others help to extinguish it.
What exacerbates this challenge is that the most common food allergens just happen to be the foods most people consume in abundance everyday. The chronic inflammation experienced is most commonly related to consumption of these top allergens - GMO wheat/gluten, Dairy, Corn, GMO Soy and Eggs and highly inflammatory foods and food ingredients as those in the chart below.
You have likely heard, our immune system is in our gut causing a chronically reactive state when consuming foods that trigger inflammation. This results in a state of chronic inflammation; a serious condition that can lead to more debilitating diseases. The great news is you can do something about this. A great start is to avoid certain foods. Start by adopting the four suggestions below.
- Completely eliminate all the top food allergens and avoid inflammatory foods for two weeks, then reintroduce them one at a time over the course of a few days for each food.
- Journal your bodies response to the food reintroduction paying close attention to both immediate and subtle delayed symptoms such as swelling, bloating, indigestion, sore joints, loose bowels, depleted energy, etc.
- Take note symptoms can take 24-72 hours to show up making it important to move through the food reintroduction stages slowly and progressively. Ideally five to seven days for each new reintroduction. Keep a record of all the offenders.
- Adapt your diet accordingly eliminating any of the offending foods triggering undesired symptoms and notice how you feel with these foods no longer in your diet. Some benefits many experience include less belly bloat, facial swelling, sore joints, increased energy levels, improved elimination, more clarity and ability to focus and much more.
The most common food allergens just happen to be the foods most people consume in abundance everyday.
The safest way to prevent occurrence of dietary influenced chronic inflammation is to avoid problem foods triggering an immune/allergic response including:
highly processed and GMO foods, gluten, refined carbs, processed meats, most vegetable/seed oils, trans-fats, deep fried foods, sugar etc. and to consume a diet abundant in anti-inflammatory foods. These are discussed in detail in part three of this series. Watch for it Friday June 16th and get started with a concerted effort to restrict consumption of the inflammatory foods mentioned.
Teri is a health nerd, a lifestyle wellness nerd, a nature nerd and yes a food nerd. She embraces it all in her quest for optimal health for us all. Mother Nature included.
If you want to get started on this sooner and put the fire of chronic inflammation out for good, check out my E-BOOK: EATING TO TAME INFLAMMATION