You may not think the food you eat can affect your pain, but there are many foods associated with inflammation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the following foods can cause or worsen inflammation:
-Sugar and Aspartame Sugars and sugar substitutes can trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.
-Trans Fats Trans fats found in fried products trigger systemic inflammation.
-Omega 6 Fatty Acids Omega fats are needed in the body; however, the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 can make a difference when it comes to health.
-Refined Carbohydrates Products containing white flour or enriched flour, white rice, white potatoes, and cereals account for the majority of refined carbohydrates.
-Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) MSG is typically used as a food additive; however, this chemical can trigger inflammation pathways.
-Gluten and Casein Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Casein is found in dairy products. Sensitivity to gluten or casein can set off an autoimmune response.
Do yourself a favor by avoiding these inflammation triggers.