Inflammatory Foods and the Keto Lifestyle
Posted on March 01 2022
Did you know that the keto lifestyle is one of the best ways to eliminate inflammation?
The keto lifestyle has many benefits, did you know that it is a great lifestyle to elminate inflammation within your body?
The keto lifestyle has many forms. Clean/standard, dirty, therapeutic, carnivore etc.(More info here on keto styles).
Clean keto is a form of keto which means exactly that; no processed foods. No sugar substitutes. Nice clean food.
Dirty keto means almost anything goes as long as you are under a certain carb limit.
Regardless of your decision on how to follow your keto journey, you should always be mindful of what you are eating. Why? We will go through what they are and how do they affect the body.
What is inflammation?
In short, inflammatory foods are foods that trigger the body’s immune system to fight off something it thinks is harmful when a certain food / beverage is consumed.
Small amounts of inflammation are a normal part of life. However, over a long period of time and /or in high quantities our bodies start to build up the inflammation and it can present itself in different health concerns.
Some health concerns that can be attributed or exacerbated to prolonged inflammation are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, autoimmune disorder, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and IBS to name a few.
What are inflammatory foods?
In a nutshell, it’s any food that causes stress in your body. While everyone is different, the main culprits are high carb, sugary and processed foods. Some examples are seed oils, wheat, gluten, soy, alcohol and sugars and artificial sweeteners.
How do I know if these foods are affecting me?
Some of the most common symptoms of inflammation are:
- Body Pain
- Depression / Anxiety
- Digestive Tract Issues (irregular bowels / bloating)
- Weight Gain
- Stiff Joints
How to reduce inflammation?
Follow a balanced Keto lifestyle.
Reduce or avoid inflammatory foods like processed seed oils, wheat, soy, gluten, sugar and artificial sugars and processed food.
Limit keto treats to an occasional treat. For some people limiting nightshades and dairy will also assist with inflammation. And as always, keep yourself hydrated.