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This article is a follow up to the last one on how chronic inflammation is created, and the dangers of it. 

I actually was not planning on the topic of inflammation being a two part article, but it seems to have resonated with a lot of readers. One reader asked for an insight into what foods cause inflammation.

So here goes. PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

To quickly recap the basics on inflammation in the body:

  • Inflammation can be very dangerous to your HEALTH and WELLNESS.

    Inflammation can be very dangerous to your HEALTH and WELLNESS.

    Inflammation is the body’s response to physical injury. The body’s immune system sends proteins and white blood cells to the site to start the healing process.

  • Interaction of cells with oxygen sometimes causes damage. The damaged cells are called free radicals which attack good cells. (This is known as oxidative stress)
  • In the case of damage caused by excessive free radicals, the injury becomes chronic and continuous so the inflammatory response is also chronic and continuous.
  • Inflammation build up in the body causes all kinds of illnesses. (some argue most illnesses)
  • All medical names for inflammatory conditions end in “..its”. As in bronchitis or arthritis.
  • Anti-oxidants combat this kind of oxidation of cells, and limit the need for these inflammatory responses.
  • If you are not sure if you are getting enough anti-oxidant support, go here. 

FOODS THAT CAUSE INFLAMMATION.

Foods in their natural state, such as fruits and vegetables, contain an ample supply of anti-oxidants to combat this naturally occurring formation of free radicals.

Most processed foods, which are a mere ghost of the way they appeared in nature, do not have the necessary anti-oxidants to do the job of eliminating free radicals, and consequently avoiding inflammation.  Eating foods devoid of anti-oxidants, give a free reign to free radicals with no kind of defense. The more free radicals, the more damaged cells are formed, and the more the body tries to heal the damage by creating inflammation.

My guess is that this kind of activity also puts a strain on the white blood cell production, and takes them away from their other duties in the body, thus compromising your HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

Some of the foods which cause inflammation build up obviously are the ones which do not have anti-oxidants. When fiber is stripped away from food, it causes more damage, because they cannot be process and eliminated in a timely manner. Supplement your anti-oxidants with this.

  • Inflammation can be very dangerous to your HEALTH and WELLNESS.

    Inflammation can be very dangerous to your HEALTH and WELLNESS.

    Most fast foods fall into this category. That piece of lettuce on the cheese burger doesn’t count for much.

  • Gluten is one culprit. Especially bleached white flour, cakes and pastries with unhealthy oils, and processed sugars added.
  • Meat and especially, fried meats are even worst, because now, oils and stripped flours are added to the mix.
  • Dairy is known to create mucus in the body, and casein, (protein in cow’s milk) is believed to be hard to digest.
  • Unhealthy oils, (obviously no anti-oxidants) safflower, sunflower oil, corn oil, soy oil.
  • Processed meats. Plus they are so loaded with preservatives; it is not even worth it.

So really any food that has the living part of it killed, burned, stripped or killed by processing which do not have any kind of anti-oxidants will cause free –radical damage and promote inflammation.

Recently, I talked to someone, who had a profound experience. She had developed pain, swelling and fluid build-up in her legs and feet. It was so bad for many months, that she started getting a massage a couple times a week, to ease the pain.

On one of her visits to the massage therapist, he asked her if she drank milk. She proudly confessed that she drinks milk every day with her cereal, and all the other times that she gets her milk every day. So the massage therapist asked her if she would consider giving up milk for a week to see if it makes a difference. She confessed that she protested. She could not see herself living without milk for a whole week. He finally convinced her to give it a try. After one week with no cow’s milk, she was stunned that her swelling, pain and bloated feet were drastically transformed. And she lost thirteen pounds in one week. My guess is from all the inflammation build up, the water retention and all the other ways her body was creating barriers to prevent further harm. She admits that this new-found knowledge has greatly improved her personal health and wellness.

She admits she still uses a little milk now and then, but she knows it is not her friend and to not cuddle with it. I believe that therapist lost a regular customer, but hopefully he got much satisfaction that he saved her much agony for the present and the future.

FOODS THAT ARE RICH IN ANTI_OXIDANTS.

Various fruits and vegetables have different Anti-oxidant s. The kinds of aniti-oxidants in natural foods can usually be determined by the color. For instance cherries have different anti-oxidants than spinach, and grapes. So a good way to make sure you get all the necessary anti-oxidant is to choose a variety of color in your fruits and vegetables.

  • Anti-inflammatory foods are the ones with vibrant colors, as close to natural as possible.

    Anti-inflammatory foods are the ones with vibrant colors, as close to natural as possible.

    Extra virgin olive oil, Avocados, Cherries, Pineapples are all rich in anti-oxidants.

  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables, like kale, parsley, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, fennel etc.
  • Orange vegetables and fruits, like oranges, tangerine, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers.
  • Root vegetables like onions, garlic, turmeric and ginger.

Many years ago, I had a friend who suddenly came down with rheumatoid arthritis. In a short period of time, she went from being a vibrant, active young lady to using crutches, and on to a wheelchair. Her young life was about to be drastically transformed when she was encouraged to go to a Natural Healing Doctor.  A potent, super greens blend, used on a regular basis, quickly healed her of that debilitating condition, and in no time, she was her normal self again.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying prepared super greens.  Just a few minutes of preparation, and you have greens on a regular basis, which will not only prevent inflammation, but also have a plethora of vitamins and minerals which will enhance your health in many other ways.

The rule of thumb should be, to keep processed foods, and foods that have no bright colors at a minimum. Eats lots of foods with bright colors (especially green) and the healthy balance should provide enough anti-oxidants to keep those free radicals in check, and keep inflammatory action at a minimum.

You may have noticed that I did not go into the various anti-oxidants, and all the other duties they have in the body. I thought that would have been too long of a journey for this post, so maybe we can look at that topic next time. See you there.

Do you have any experiences, or know of anyone having experiences with being able to eradicate inflammatory conditions? Share it with us, in the comments section below, so that we can all benefit.

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