Inflammatory Foods and the DII
It seems the new word is ‘inflammatory’ for whatever ails us. Inflamed system, inflammatory foods….we are learning more and more what inflammation can do to the body and health.
Aside from stress, foods can cause your body to become inflamed which can lead to a whole host of issues.
We told you about the Anti-inflammatory diet here, as mentioned, there really isn’t an inflammatory ‘diet’, its more about choosing non-inflammatory foods.
So let’s start with the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) and list out some foods you want to choose and avoid, shall we?
Inflammatory Foods: The Dietary Inflammatory Index
The DII ranks foods and diets based on levels of inflammation associated with the foods. The higher the number, the more inflammatory the foods.
The DII was developed by researchers basing evidence on nearly 2,000 studies. Each food item or ingredient was scored and ranked based on level of inflammation or anti-inflammatory properties. Yes, some foods are ranked in the negative because they possess positive anti-inflammatory properties.
The results showed the following have the highest inflammation:
- Saturated Fats
- Trans Fats
The foods were anti-inflammatory properties include
- Beta carotene (orange veggies)
- Isoflavones (soy)
- Flavones (white and yellow veggies)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (fish, walnuts, seeds)
Inflammation is linked to many system issues and a precursor for obesity and other chronic conditions that can make it difficult to lose weight and maintain good health. Most diets will tell you not to eat specific foods, but good lifestyle plans will tell you what type of foods to choose. These are the ‘diets’ you want to select because, while cliché, fitness is a lifestyle.
If you have a chronic condition, you know this all too well. You have to change the way you live in order to change your health. Your changes only stay as long as you stay committed.
Walking, eating right and reducing stress are three keys to maintaining health.
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