If you have arthritis, there are some foods you need to avoid to stop aggravating inflammation. However, this is not the only thing that happens when you have too much inflammation in your body. This can also result to acne as well as serious illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease.

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Inflammation causes a painful and burning sensation / Photo by dowhoranzone.deviantart.com


In truth, the body depends on a bit of inflammation, so it can fight off injuries and infection. When inflammation becomes chronic though, the immune system will start attacking your healthy cells and this will result to destruction, instead of the immune system healing your body. In this case, it is only right that you know how to control inflammation in your body by avoiding the following foods:

1. Alcohol

Consuming high amounts of alcohol, including wine, beer, and cider, on a regular basis can inflame and irritate your liver, esophagus, and larynx. Chronic inflammation resulting to high alcohol consumption can increase tumor growth and cancer. Instead of drinking alcohol, just choose water or jasmine green tea, which is an anti-inflammatory beverage.

2. Dairy Products

You may be a part of the 60% world population that cannot digest milk as it is an allergen than triggers inflammation. This can cause stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, breathing difficulties, and skin rashes. Milk and dairy products, along with butter, cheese, and other goods sold with dairy content should be avoided. If you’re not allergic to milk, choose yogurt and kefir instead, as they are easier on your stomach and they have good bacteria as well.

3. Sugar

Acne, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome can happen due to excessive sugar intake. Forget soft drinks, punches, and other sources of dietary sugars, as well as food products that list corn syrup, fructose, maltose, and sucrose as the ingredients, since these are just alternative names for sugar. Instead, opt for honey, blackstrap molasses, and other natural sweeteners.

4. Trans Fats

Trans fats can increase your bad cholesterol and promote inflammation, insulin resistance, and obesity. Avoid fast foods, deep fried foods, and baked goods sold commercially. Products in your grocery list should not have trans fats, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated oil.

5. Vegetable Cooking Oils

This type of oil has high omega 6 fatty acid, instead of omega 3. Consuming high amounts of omega 6 leads to inflammation and can cause heart diseases and cancer. Grape seed, sunflower, and safflower oils are common cooking oils to avoid. Use macadamia oil or extra virgin olive oil to get the balance between omega 6 and 3 in your diet.

This is not to say you should completely avoid the foods listed above. In fact, they are still acceptable as long as you consume them in moderation.