What foods cause inflammation in the body and how to avoid them

By Doctor Paul Calladine (Chiro)

Did you know that some of the foods you eat cause inflammation in your body?

What is inflammation?

We often here patients asking about which foods cause inflammation in the body and how to avoid these items. Inflammation is, generally, your body's immune system response to a stimulus that may turn out to be harmful. There are many types of stimulus that can trigger an immune response including:

  • pathogens (germs, bacteria, viruses etc)
  • chemicals
  • radiation
  • injury
  • certain diseases and conditions including cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchi inside the lungs) and ear infections
  • certain foods
  • allergens

This blog post is about certain foods that cause inflammation. Watch the video below from The Alternative Daily on Youtube. Please feel free to share this blog post with friends and family.

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Avoid these 4 foods

As you have just watched, The Alternative Daily suggest you avoid these four inflammation inducing, processed foods.

  1. Frozen yoghurt: contains both sugar and dairy which are the top two proven causes of inflammation. As an alternative, try yoghurt made from coconut milk and one that contains a probiotic.
  2. Grains: if you suffer coeliac disease or gluten insensitivity you'll want to limit grains in general, including wheat barley and rye. Most refined grains act like sugar in the body, contributing to weight gain and blood-sugar imbalances. Whole grains are preferable over processed grains as they are digested slower and cause a slower and more gradual rise in blood sugar.
  3. Processed seasoning mixes: they contain artificial colouring which contributes to inflammation and disrupts hormone regulation. Why not make your own tasty seasonings with actual herbs and spices?
  4. Agave nectar: this sugar, while coming from a plant and called 'nectar', is highly processed and not a naturally occurring raw nectar. The American Diabetes Association recommends limiting agave nectar in the same way you should limit all sugars.

Two types of inflammation

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is a short term inflammatory response due to factors including:

  • injury (sprained ankles, broken bones, some spinal injuries)
  • pathogens such as bacterial or viral infections
  • cuts

Chronic inflammation is longer term inflammation that lasts months and years. The stimuli that triggers the initial acute inflammatory response remains and the body can't turn off the immune response. Causes include ongoing exposure to an immune response trigger, irritants (including food allergens), autoimmune response that attacks healthy tissue and failure to remove the cause of any initial acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation is associated with diseases such as:

  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • ulcerative colitis
  • crohn’s disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis.

How to reduce inflammation?

If you can relate to some of the issues highlighted in this blog, please consult with your local G.P. A combination of adjustments to diet, exercise, sleep as well as treating chronic injury can help.


To learn more about food, check out our video blog on why we must teach our kids about food featuring a video from Jamie Olive - well worth a watch.


Also, have a look at this article on the 12 foods that cause inflammation.

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About Dr Paul Calladine B.Sc.(Biol.), B.Sc.(Anat.), M.Chiro. (Gonstead Diplomate) and Lyons Road Family Chiropractic.

Lyons Road Family Chiro and Dr Paul (Chiro) have been serving the health care needs of Sydney's Inner West and Drummoyne communities for over 26 years. Paul is originally from Canada and has obtained high levels of tertiary qualifications from both Canada and Australia. Paul is a wealth of information on all things natural, on fitness, long term health, nutrition and of course, chiropractic.

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