Diet & Nutrition

Do you need to be concerned about inflammation from foods?

Do you need to be concerned about inflammatory foods?

Inflammation is a comprehensive array of physiological responses to a foreign organism, including human pathogens, dust particles, and viruses.

Recent investigations have clarified that inflammation is a major factor for the progression of various chronic diseases/disorders, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, eye disorders, arthritis, obesity, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease (1).

Should I be concerned?

I see a lot of people online talking about inflammation caused by various foods in our diets. This is yet again, one more unnecessary thing that everyone needs to be worried about.

It’s much more beneficial to pay attention to the foods we should be eating as opposed to the foods we should be ‘afraid of’.

If you have a well-balanced diet, it’s unlikely you have to be worried about this.

Why is that?

There are certain foods that act as antioxidants which in turn can potentially help reduce inflammation.

The thing is if you have a healthy balanced diet you’re likely already getting those things and needn’t be concerned about having the foods wrongly labelled as the sole cause of health issues.

They are not the direct cause of inflammation but can provide an associated risk towards certain health conditions and diseases if overconsumed.

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Which foods?

Typically, people will say that things like saturated fat, dairy and sugar are inflammatory. So, for instance, hyper-palatable foods.

This is incorrect as food alone does not cause an inflammatory response.

Rather, people who overconsume sugar, carbs and saturated fat WITHOUT having that balance of healthier foods combined with an active, healthy lifestyle are likely to suffer from health conditions and diseases.

Is my diet okay?

You should focus on having a diet primarily focused around whole and single-ingredient foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, high fiber foods plus a good amount of protein.

Saturated fat has a negative connotation but our cholesterol levels can be regulated by adjusting levels of saturated vs. unsaturated fat intake.

A reasonable amount of refined sugar and hyper-palatable foods aren’t going to make you unhealthy.

Key Takeaways

  • Your overall lifestyle habits should be considered, as being physically fit and active and having a healthy balanced diet.

  • Things like limiting alcohol and avoiding smoking, also play a key role.

  • We cannot blame diet alone for health conditions and diseases, it comes from a variety of factors that contribute towards having a healthy lifestyle.

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1 – Arulselvan P, Fard MT, Tan WS, Gothai S, Fakurazi S, Norhaizan ME, Kumar SS. Role of Antioxidants and Natural Products in Inflammation. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016;2016:5276130. doi: 10.1155/2016/5276130. Epub 2016 Oct 10. PMID: 27803762; PMCID: PMC5075620.

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I help women achieve their goals through effective training methods and creating healthy balanced diets. I offer a strong focus on strength, movement and simplified nutrition for a healthier lifestyle.