How To Figure Out What Causes Inflammation in the Body

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Experiencing inflammation in the body can be maddening because it could literally result from so many different things, like:

  • Working out
  • Something you ate (even healthy)
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Exposure to toxins

So, how in the heck do we figure out what it is that’s causing us inflammation?

Figuring out What Causes Inflammation can Be Maddening Because it Can Be Many Things

First (most obvious and almost universal thing that you can do): Eliminate foods that are fake and foreign.

In other words, the more processed foods you eat, the less likely your body is going to recognize them.

Second: Notice the signs of inflammation that may result from eating healthy things.

Personal anecdote: On most days when I wake up I can pull my rings right off my fingers. But sometimes, I swear I need a freaking saw just to get them off! I start to get finger claustrophobia (anyone else?) — where I use soap and rub aggressively to finally yank those rings off.

For me, I could almost 100% of the time attribute that swelling to “healthy” food (e.g., frozen yogurt, popcorn, quinoa) I ate the day before.

So, be acutely aware of how your body responds to whatever you’re eating — healthy or not.

Third: Pay attention to itises.

Like, when your…

  • elbows
  • knees
  • joints

…just feel achy and painful. Very often, that is a result of systemic inflammation. 

So, what can you do?

Learn common inflammatory foods.

Identify those Foods which Cause Inflammation

You know, those that are triggers for most people. They might not be on everybody’s list, but you can eliminate some for about a week and see what happens to your body. Ask yourself questions, like:

  • How does my body respond?
  • Am I less bloated?
  • Do I have gas?

Better yet, my assignment for you is…

Write down a few foods — highly processed or not — that you suspect are probably causing you inflammation. Now, I’ll just bet three or four things come to you immediately.

And my recommendation is to just see what happens if you go seven days without those particular foods.

Just. Seven. Days.

For much more related to this topic, like:

  • Diseases (and general illnesses) that leaky gut is a major contributing factor to
  • What is the gut
  • Why you should think of your gut as a transit system

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