When Does Inflammation Occur?
In plain words, inflammation is our body’s natural response to damage to our cells. This can be a result of physical (diet, exercise), mental, and environmental (pollution) stressors. When our body is exposed to these stressors, our immune system is activated and cells designed to fight these damaging agents are literally sent to the site of the damage. This is what causes inflammation.
5 types of foods that cause inflammation in the body:
- Processed, most packaged and deep fried foods
- Sodas and snack foods (cookies, chips, sweetened drinks)
- Red/processed meats (hot dogs, bacon, cured meats)
- Refined grains (white bread, white rice, pasta)
Our bodies become inflamed when we consume processed and refined foods that are toxic to us, unlike consuming whole, natural foods. It is a fact that our body needs sugar to survive, but processed foods have excess amounts of sugar that the body just cannot properly eliminate and will store as fat.
To help you compare, one cup of blueberries contains 15 grams of sugar, and a similar amount of sugar is found in an apple or an orange. A standard can of cola is 12 ounces and contains 39 grams of sugar. You would have to consume more than two cups of blueberries in one sitting to equal the amount of sugar in a single can of soda.
Processed foods also cause an imbalance of our omega 6 and omega 3 ratios. Omega 6 is known for causing inflammation in the body but is a necessary substance for brain development, metabolism and much more. Omega 3 helps regulate inflammation. A healthy ratio would be 2:1, while the typical American diet shows an alarming ratio of 10:1. This imbalance will lead to a chronic inflammatory state and even oxidative stress.