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The Top Foods That Lead To Inflammation–Avoid These At All Costs

The Top Foods That Lead To Inflammation–Avoid These At All Costs

If you’re looking to improve your overall health and fitness level, definitely consider all the inflammatory foods you may be consuming.

Inflammation is a big problem in today’s world. While inflammation does assist with the healing process if you suffer an acute injury, too much inflammation is not a good thing. You could be suffering from chronic levels of inflammation. This type of inflammation is very likely to lead to a whole host of diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and many others.

By taking the time to learn which foods are most likely to cause inflammation in the body, you can ensure that you won’t be suffering.

Let’s go over the list of inflammatory foods:

Processed Foods

The first type of food that you should absolutely avoid at all costs is the processed sort. These foods are loaded with artificial sweeteners, chemicals, as well as other additives that are just not going to position you for optimal health.

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In addition, for those who are suffering from any type of gluten insensitivity, processed foods will often cause symptoms to flare up due to a high amount of refined flour or wheat-based ingredients.

If it comes in a package, avoid it.

Meat

Meat is the next food that you should be careful about. Choosing grass-fed beef makes this less of an issue, but if you’re eating grain-fed beef, especially beef that’s been injected with hormones, you’re inviting chronic inflammation.

A far better protein choice is fish. Fish lowers the amount of inflammation in the body. It also contains healthy fats that help to fight off inflammation, entirely.

Trans Fats

Trans fats should definitely be avoided. These fats are man-made, and unnatural for the human body. They cause ill-health.

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These fats are often found in processed and manufactured foods, so if you want to see optimal results from your diet, you’re best off staying away.

If you want a simple and quick way to instantly boost your health, choosing only foods that come straight from the ground or are caught in the wild is the way to do it.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners should be deleted out of your diet plan, entirely. These man-made ingredients are not designed to be digested or broken down by your body.

Some research claims that certain artificial sweeteners don’t pose a health threat, but you still need to ask yourself if you really want to put something unnatural in your body.

Treat your body like you would a brand new sports car. Would you put low grade fuel in a sports car? Hopefully not, so why put in low grade fuel in your body?

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You can buy a new sports car, but you only get one body.

Dairy Products

For many people, dairy products can also be linked to increased inflammation, so you’ll need to assess your tolerance.

If you eat dairy and suffer from bloating, gas, intestinal distress, or any other negative side effects, this could indicate that you are sensitive to lactose. In this case, it would be best to cut dairy from your diet, entirely.

Additionally, many dairy products we consumed on a daily basis are filled with hormones, antibiotics, as well as artificial sweeteners, so there again, that’s a strong reason to avoid them.

What Left to Eat?

So now that you know some of the biggest offenders when it comes to inflammation, what should you be eating? What will set you up for greater health, and put a stop to inflammation entirely? Let’s look at some of the anti-inflammatory foods to be eating.

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Dark Leafy Greens

You can’t beat dark, leafy greens when it comes to the health benefits they offer. Rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, and a great way to combat inflammation, make sure that you get these in.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is another food that’s great for fending off inflammation due to its high omega-3 content. Most people consume too many omega-6 fats in their diet, consuming flaxseed helps balance out your diet.

Flaxseed

    Blueberries

    Any berry, but especially blueberries, are ideal for fending off inflammation. These help combat high levels of stress in the body, and can also boost brain and mental health. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants. You can’t go wrong with berries in your diet.

    Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. These vegetables are low in calories and easy to add to your diet plan.

    Avocados

    Rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, this food is also great for fending off inflammation. Those who get enough healthy fats in their diet will notice healthier skin, hair, and nails–yet another reason to consume this in abundance.

    Now, you have the key points about inflammation and how to fight it. Choose your diet wisely, and you’ll start gaining control over your chronic inflammation.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

    Why is goal setting important?

    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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    What you truly want and need

    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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