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What Causes Inflammation

What causes inflammation?


Joint pain, headaches, digestive issues, weight gain, fatigue, skin issues, allergies and problems with blood sugar or cravings are all signs that your body may be fighting against inflammation. Inflammation is often a precursor for disease that can wreak havoc on your body.

Our bodies are constantly attempting to send us messages. It is imperative to pay close attention to these messages by monitoring the foods that make you feel good as well as foods that do not. Keeping a food journal is an effective way to track what foods or what combinations of foods make you feel your best. It is important to note that everyone is unique. Not all foods affect everyone in the same way. Some foods that are known to cause inflammation may not particularly bother you even though that does not make them healthy.

Below are some foods that commonly contribute to inflammation:

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup
SoyPeanuts (Consume only if organic.)
Fried food
Processed meat
Vegetable and other refined oils
Artificial colors and dyes


Just as some foods can increase this in the body, there are also foods, supplements and herbs that can decrease inflammation. Again, each individual is different, so understand that you can still have sensitivities to foods that are considered healthy. A particular food is only healthy if it is healthy specifically for you.

Below is a list of foods commonly recognized as anti-inflammatory:

Lemons and limes
Non-starchy vegetables
Bone broth
Ghee and organic butter
Raw nuts and seeds
Extra virgin olive oil
Unrefined coconut oil
Grass fed beef
Wild caught salmon
Fermented foods (i.e. sauerkraut)

If you are interested in learning more about which foods cause inflammation in your body, Renaissance Health Centre’s Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) Faith Haugh offers food sensitivity testing and G.I tests in order to identify your specific dietary needs. Please call our main office at 702-258-7860 to schedule an appointment with her today!

Faith Haugh, NTP, RWP

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