Inflammation and Sensitivity
Inflammation can be caused by food items that trigger a reaction. The usual suspects for sensitivity are dairy, gluten, nightshades, and wheat.
An allergic reaction can be serve and life threatening, but that is not always the case.
In order to find out if you have any food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities it is a good idea to work with a registered dietitian (RD).
They will use elimination diets, and maybe other tests to help determine if you are experiencing side effects from certain food types.
Foods that commonly cause reactions are nuts, eggs, shell fish, wheat, and dairy.
There are other foods that can cause sensitivities or allergic reactions that a RD will be able to help you identify.
Life Style Inflammation
I am calling alcohol and tobacco a life style inflammation. Either of these can cause an inflammatory response in your body.
I do not know the details as to why this is. It’s honestly something you would need to speak with a specialist doctor or scientist about.
If you’ve had a drink or two, you know that alcohol can cause dehydration which can leads to water retention and bloating.
Tobacco is well known to cause irritation of the tissue it comes into contact with. As in your lungs (smoking) or lips (chewing).
Most of the inflammation the average person will feel is digestive. Eating something that does not agree with you.
Since a lot of meals are made up of many parts, even those we make at home, it can be difficult to figure out which food is causing the issue.
I remember having digestive issues when I would have a shake at a fast food restaurant.
At first I thought it was the whole experience. Then I noticed when I did not have a shake I did not have the same reaction.
Over time I have come to think it is a milk fat issue versus an actual milk allergy. I can have plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and butter without problems.
Have you noticed any issues with inflammation that you know, or think, is related to a certain food group? How did you discover it? What would you try different to figure it out?
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