Top 9 Foods That Cause Inflammation

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Although we don’t think of it in nice terms, inflammation is a completely natural way of answering infection or injury.  However, a chronic state of inflammation is a dangerous thing. Inflammation is an immune response and when it never shuts itself off; your immune system can cause permanent damage to your organs, not to mention lead to cancer and heart disease.

The good news is that foods we choose to eat can also play a part and by avoiding certain foods, we stop feeding the inflammation, so to speak. Here is a list of the top 9 foods you should avoid to keep inflammation out of your life as much as possible.

1. Gluten

Even without the diagnosis of gluten intolerance, many people simply feel better after removing gluten from their diets. In fact, as much as 30 per cent of Americans are now on gluten free diets. Many scientists believe that gluten intolerance is actually your body’s inflammatory response to gluten.

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  1. ap

    May 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Jesus Christ, why not put “air” and “water” on the list. Either of those two things in excess will also cause inflammation and kill you.

    • Gabe

      Jun 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      ap, may I suggest holding your breath? : )

  2. hwjr57

    Aug 18, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I can’t believe you left off the other 8,247 foods that cause inflamation. What a bogus article.