If there's anyone who knows how harmful and frustrating inflammation can be, it's Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vella. They founded Soupure (a company dedicated to creating nurturing, wholesome soups) after realizing how hard it was to find delicious soups that weren't made with cream, preservatives or GMOs. So when we got our hands on their new book, The Soup Cleanse, we were excited to read more about their take on healthy eating. Here's their list of inflammatory foods we should all be avoiding.
Sometimes our bodies' inflammatory response can be a positive thing. It's a process our immune systems use to fight off bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that could cause harm.
But while inflammation is a powerful and beneficial short-term response to fight infection, it's very harmful when it becomes chronic. That's when you start seeing damage to the body that manifests in puffiness, stuffiness, bloat, skin eruptions, headaches, cholesterol imbalance, blood challenges, chronic pain, diseases such as heart disease and arthritis, and brain-related conditions.
Toxins, whether from our insides or the outside, can trigger the inflammatory response.
Inflammation is kind of like an iceberg in the ocean — often we see just the tip, but what is really going on is much deeper and pervasive. It can be difficult to pinpoint where inflammation is stemming from, but food can be a huge source of the problem. When you remove foods that are known to cause inflammation — dairy, gluten, corn, and soy, to name just a few — and add foods that quell unnecessary inflammation, you can start to create shifts in the body.
Your skin might also clear up, you'll lose weight, the stuffiness and puffiness will diminish, the bloat will go down, and your body will return to a more balanced state.
Here are five foods we recommend you steer clear of to reduce inflammation: