Foods That Cause Inflammation


Inflammation is the root of many issues such as bloating to joint pain and even more serious health conditions. Cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s can result from eating these foods long-term. If battling with inflammation, you may be able to blame some of  your eating habits. Here is a list of foods that you should ax from your grocery list and from consuming.



Too many calories over time leads to weight gain and a variety of chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease, which all trigger inflammation.

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Eating fries and other foods high in saturated fat can trigger inflammation in fat tissue, this is an indicator for heart disease and can also worsen the inflammation associated with arthritis.


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Added sugar is the inflammation-triggering culprit in soda. Women who had higher inflammatory markers were found to have consumed more sugar-sweetened soft drinks than those women who did not have high inflammatory markers, according to a study published in American Society for Clinical Nutrition


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Hot dogs are made up entirely of processed meat (pork, chicken, turkey), filled with saturated fat, which can lead to conditions like heart disease which is associated with excess inflammation. Stick with a grilled chicken sandwich or burger made with lean ground beef at your next bbq outing.


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Store-bought salad dressings are made with oils like safflower, sunflower, and vegetable oil, which are rich in omega-6. Omega-6 fats can be found in food and are needed for normal growth and development. However, overdoing it can cause the body to produce inflammatory chemicals. Take it easy on the heavy dressing.

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Drinking one too many, regularly, has been shown to cause inflammation of the liver. The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines recommends a maximum of 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. One drink is defined as 12-fluid ounces of beer, 5 fluid-ounces of wine, or 1.5-fluid ounces of 80-proof liquor like rum or vodka. If you’re kicking back with 3 or 4 drinks several times a week, it’s probably a good idea to scale back.

I hope this helps someone!

Peace + Blessings

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