Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to tissues being injured by trauma, toxins, heat and many other causes. This short-term response is actually healthy. But when inflammation is long term, such as a reaction to arthritis, diabetes and autoimmune disease among other chronic conditions, it can become problematic.
Avoiding foods that can trigger inflammation is especially important for people with these conditions.
“Many people aren’t aware that eating certain foods can cause painful arthritic or diabetic flareups,” says rheumatologist Rebecca Sharim, MD, with LVPG Rheumatology–Hecktown Oaks. “Nutrition can be crucial when battling what is known as systemic inflammation.”