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Chronic inflammation is a very serious thing. Scientists have actually linked it to various diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer. By now you should understand that the American diet it’s absolutely filled with inflammatory foods and ingredients. 6 Inflammatory Foods To Avoid #1 – Fried Foods - High temperature cooking sparks the formation of advanced glycation end products. Your body treats these compounds as foreign and responds with inflammation. After all, inflammation is simply your body’s response to a perceived infection. Please think about that the next time you feel like biting into a piece of fried chicken or shoving French fries into your mouth. #2 – Processed, packaged and prepared foods are one big inflammatory category. Foods in this category tend to contain a ton of harmful oils, trans fats, sugar and additives like MSG – all of which damage your body’s cells and push it into inflammation overdrive.Just say no to processed cheese, candy, soda and cereal. #3 – Vegetable Oil -Vegetable oils like corn, soy and sunflower contain a dangerous amount of inflammation-causing omega-6 fatty acids. Olive oil, which contains more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, is the way to go but not for cooking. #4 – White Bread - White bread contains a lot of refined carbohydrates. Your body processes these carbs into glucose with alarming speed, increasing your insulin levels in the process. Guess what this environment is conducive to? That’s right, inflammation! Conversely, a 2012 study in the Journal of Nutrition reports that eating whole grain bread instead of the white variety significantly lowers your risk of inflammation. #5 – Cow’s Milk - Cow’s milk is actually one of the most inflammatory foods out there. There are two factors to blame for this – milk’s lactose and its proteins. Of course, these ingredients are totally fantastic for calves; it helps them put on weight quickly. But humans are not calves and this is made quite evident in the way our body reacts to milk. The skimming process doesn’t help either; it actually makes milk more inflammatory. #6 – Alcohol - Your body responds very harshly to alcohol. As it tries to break it down, toxins get created that damage your liver cells. By this point in the article, when you hear the word ‘damage’ you should instantly know what follows – inflammation. As with all the other items on this list, inflammation is just one reason to drink with moderation o if you cant away from alcohol. There is way to determine your level of inflammation is recommended to utilize the list above and also to get to get tested. Underlying inflammation, structural misalignment, nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, and environmental exposures can be recognized with a complete metabolic analysis. Developing a lifestyle program and determining supplement recommendations that are best for you can guide you in the right direction of reducing symptoms and damage of inflammation. Call us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Edgardo Vargas, DC Pro-Holistic Care  

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