Why undercover? Because when people eat these foods, they may not even think about them triggering inflammation in their bodies.
Chronic inflammation is said to be the cause of many modern day, chronic diseases. As I’ve said before, inflammation is the body’s natural and necessary immune response to injury or infection and is the beginning of the heal and repair process. However, when we expose ourselves to irritants on a regular basis, such as certain foods, stress, poor sleep, certain environmental factors and lifestyle choices, the inflammatory response never gets turned off. Continuous irritants = continuous immune response = continuous - a.k.a chronic - inflammatory response. Conditions that signal chronic inflammation range from skin disorders such as eczema, acne and rosacea, IBS, arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
I’ve talked about including foods into your diet that reduce inflammation. Eat enough of them and you’ll be well on your way to crowding out the foods that cause it… but I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t tell you which inflammation inducing foods to avoid, would I?
Health is about listening to your body and learning what works and doesn’t work for you. I always recommend experimentation as a way of finding that out, one size doesn’t fit all. If you suspect chronic inflammation, overconsumption of the below foods can be suspects… use this list as a good starting point.
Refined grains and carbohydrates – these quickly turn into sugar in the body
Gluten - wheat, spelt, rye and barley
Grain fed and processed meat – organic and crass fed is always best where possible
Nightshades – most commonly eaten are potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, aubergine and chili and therefore any derivatives of.
Sugars and artificial sweeteners
Vegetable, seed and hydrogenated oils
...And therefore most packaged and processed foods too.