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Inflammation: Cause of many diseases--The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation is a necessary part of the body’s healing process. It’s a natural mechanism which our body uses to help fight illness and also protects our body from further damage.

Many diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart diseases, depression, Alzheimer’s as well as acne are linked to chronic inflammation.

Choosing anti-inflammatory foods will help you reduce the risk of illness.

These are certain foods that can cause inflammation in our body.

  1. Number one on our list is Sugar! Sugar is something on which these inflammatory disease feeds on. You can have sugar in tea/ coffee but avoid sugar from packaged foods like biscuits, chips, soda, fruit juices, carbonated beverages or any packet products. Observe your skin when you have too much sugar.

  2. Next is Gluten, foods containing gluten are — wheat, barley, semolina, rye, vermicelli, broken wheat or daliya, bread, pizza, pasta, noodles, all refined carbs. Read food labels. So if you are experiencing inflammatory conditions then avoid gluten containing foods for a while and see the difference.

  3. Then on our list is dairy and dairy products. These day’s cow and buffalo are given hormone injections when they are pregnant to increase their milk production. So, when you consume it, it leads to hormonal imbalance which can trigger inflammation in our body.

  4. Next on our list is “partially hydrogenatedoils or artificial trans fat. Foods high in trans fat are french fries, and other fried fast foods, certain margarine's, packaged cakes and cookies, pastries and all processed food. Again read food labels.

  5. Vegetable oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Though omega-6 fatty acids are necessary but our diet provides far more that we need.

  6. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to inflammation. According to a study, CRP (C-Reactive Protein), an inflammatory marker, increased in people who consumed more alcohol. Individuals who drink a lot may develop gut issues. Bacteria and toxins can move out of the colon and into the body and this condition is called as “leaky gut.” Leaky gut, also called as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to "leak" through the intestinal wall.

  7. Processed meat is linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stomach and colon cancer. These processed meat contains more advanced glycation end products (AGEs) than other meats. AGEs are