How Are Food, Body Pain, And Inflammation Related?
Many people think of inflammation as a condition that is easy to see. If you have cut and it gets infected, there is no difficulty in spotting the redness and swelling that occurs on the surface of the skin.
However, inflammation can also be internal. When the body is in a state of constant inflammation, there are several key signs. One very common sign is joint pain or overall aches and pains combined with fatigue, general lethargy and that feeling of just not being well.
There are many different causes of inflammation in the body. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or disease. It can also be caused by allergies and sensitivities to food, often foods we assume are healthy or beneficial to our bodies. For many individuals, this inflammation is due to undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities, so cutting out the most problematic foods can often result in overall better health with fewer pains and decreased inflammation.
There are several foods that have a high rate of undiagnosed food allergies and sensitivities. Knowing what these foods are and eliminating them from your diet is a simple way to see if they may be playing a role in inflammation and body pain.
- Dairy products – milk is one of the leading causes of inflammation in many people. Milk in any form from whole to skim and in ice cream to whipping cream can be a significant cause of inflammation.
- Sugar – while sugar gets blamed for a lot of health issues, it is not a healthy product to consume. Eating high levels of glucose, which is in sugar, restricts increases the levels of cytokines in the body that are linked to increased inflammation.
- Refined flour – while it may not taste sweet, refined white wheat flours have high levels of glucose. Once in the body, they can elevate PAI-1, which is a marker for inflammation. The good new is that whole grains crop this level and reduce existing inflammation.
- Artificial Ingredients – this includes sweeteners, coloring and other additives. They are virtually indigestible by the body, but they chemicals they contain impact hormone production and boosts the inflammatory response in the body.
There are other foods that are linked to inflammation as well. Grain fed meats, trans fats, and most fast food items all contain ingredients that are likely to boost inflammation and limit the body’s ability to fight back.