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Inflammation – What is it?

Irritated joints, irritation in the digestive tract, even high blood pressure and allergies can be a sign of inflammation.

Autoimmune disorders can crop up from unmanaged inflammation.

Inflammation culprits can be many and depending on who you are. Things that irritate me could be different from what irritates you, and vice versa.

Inflammation doesn’t only affect joints. You may not have known that irritation of the digestive tract often follows that of the joints. 

Take a guess at what the # 1 inflammatory food is? You guessed it. Sugar.

Sugar the #1 Inflammatory food
Sugar is found in some surprising places

Did you know that sugar is more addictive than cocaine in rat studies?

This is a shocking observation, but the reality is that it’s everywhere and extremely hard to avoid.

Besides sugar, there are many foods we eat that the body processes just like sugar. 

White flour products such as donuts, cakes, white bread & desserts are all broken down and used by the body in a very similar way.

When is sugar the most dangerous?

Sugar by itself can pose threats to our health, however, these problems can be amplified significantly when this sugar is mixed with fat. For example Ice cream, donuts, and other sweet treats you’re surrounded by tend to raise your risk of inflammation greatly.

Speaking from my own experience, I have a friend that brought his blood pressure down simply by removing ice cream and most deserts from his diet.

It wasn’t enough to get off his blood pressure medication, however, it was enough to keep his blood pressure from creeping up.

Another cause of inflammation is food additives. Dies, preservatives and chemicals

Do you know what the second most inflammatory food is?

Surprisingly, one of the things that cause inflammation isn’t actually food itself, it’s the additives that are often found in the foods we buy.

Things like dies, preservatives and other chemicals cause a lot of inflammation in our body because they are foreign objects our body doesn’t know what to do with.

So what are the best foods for us to eat?

Eat foods the way they come from the earth. Fresh fruits and vegetables

Yes, you guessed it, foods such as the ones we were raised on, right from the earth. 

Eat more foods the way God made them like our parents and grandparents used to eat 

– Foods procured by the sweat of our brow.

Sometimes we develop bad habits of eating packaged foods because it tells us grams of carbs, protein, fat, fiber, etc., but look at all the stuff we can’t pronounce…

I get it, I do it myself! Don’t get me wrong, I want you to become a label reader. Often it is a safer choice to put it back if it has more than 3 ingredients or things you can’t pronounce.

Some fruits have an over-abundance of natural sugar in them, which can be concerning. However, vegetables have a natural balance of carbs, fiber, protein and calories. Therefore you don’t have to worry about the caloric amount of vegetables. 

Berries have fiber that lowers the absorb-able natural sugar.

If you have trouble with raw vegetables, steam them. This allows you to keep some of the nutrition without cooking everything away.

Thank you for your kind attention. I look forward to coming alongside you in your quest for better health. 

Isn’t that what you want? Better health, to be able to continue to do the things you love to do longer?

Relieve inflammation so you can do more of the things you love to do.

You Can! Never give up on that dream. We want to come alongside you and help you on that quest. I’m Mary Howard RN. Until next time be well!

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