How Inflammation Starts In Your Gut (Including "Hidden" Sources Of Inflammation)
What Is Inflammation?
- Inflammation from physical activity
- Inflammation from your gut (including "hidden" sources of inflammation)
Gut Inflammation - it’s happening even if you’re not doing “anything different”
Essentially, as food is broken down and digested the components in different food types can affect the level of inflammation in the body.
Nearly all processed foods can lead to increased inflammation.
The way it does this is by altering the bacteria that live in our gut.
You may have heard about your “gut microbiota.”
In essence, this is referring to the different kinds of tiny bacteria that live inside your digestive system.
Many of these bacteria are extremely important for our wellbeing.
Others can actually cause more harm to our bodies - including causing inflammation.
And here’s the thing:
When you eat natural, fibrous foods - like leafy vegetables, nuts and more…
The good bacteria in your gut thrive. Because they feed on these fibers and grow.
But on the flipside…
When you eat refined, processed foods - the “bad” bacteria in your gut gets out of control.
And this is what causes additional inflammation.
So if you eat a lot of refined, processed or sugary foods…
Even if nothing’s really “changed” about your regular routine - this can build up into pain throughout your body.
Because when the bad bacteria flourish…
This alteration has the ability to interact with our immune system and eventually trigger it in a way that leads to chronic inflammation.
This applies to muscle tissues as well.
And this can lead to pain in your joints - like your knees, back, shoulders or anywhere else.
Foods That Feed Bad Bacteria And Cause An Inflammatory Response In Your Body
Foods Your “Good” Bacteria Love To Eat (And Help You Stay Healthy)
- olive oil
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- nuts like almonds and walnuts
- fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges