Inflammatory Foods and How They Hasten Disease, The Aging Process and Weight Gain
Food allergies and reactivity arise from sensitivity to chemical compounds in food. They develop after you are exposed to a food that your body thinks is harmful. When you eat the food it triggers the release of IgE antibodies and other chemicals, including histamine, in an effort to expel the "invader" from your body. The tissues are flooded with water and this results in weight gain. This weight gain can stay in the body for 72 hours until the “invader” is expelled. This reactive response will often result in constipation which slows down the elimination process.
The immune system’s response to an inflammatory diet diverts the body’s energy from healing and repair and allows whatever is latent in our genetic makeup to “kick up”, whatever is chronic (arthritis, migraines, depression) to worsen.
Chronic inflammation exacerbates and hastens the aging process because it floods tissues with free radicals and promotes the destruction of normal cells. Chronic low grade inflammation contributes to the aging process and research shows that is a major contributor to the aging of the cardiovascular and nervous system. Inflammation is now recognized as one of the key risk factors for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, cognitive and neurological disorders.
Below is a list, based on my research, of many foods eaten on a daily basis and their potential of reactivity.
farm raised fish
most sushi – most sushi restaurants will used farm raised fish
shrimp and most shellfish
beans- esp black beans and cannelini
non-organic spinach- very high pesticide residue
grapefruit- not recommended bcs of impairing liver function
tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, potatoes (purple potatoes are less reactive)
red peppers (green peppers are unripe peppers)
white fish with exception of tuna, swordfish and cod
rice (except for brown or basmati lowers reactive rate to 10%)
nut butters made with roasted nuts
organic spinach – Will be MUCH higher if you have thyroid issues and should not be eaten raw
most melons with exception of watermelon
20% or less
lactose free milk
lamb- if you have a steak sensitivity you will have a lamb sensitivity
roasted nuts- if you have chronic illness, auto-immune disease, depression this bumps up to 75%
10% or less
pit fruits- will include avocados
5% or less
goat or sheeps cheese- higher if African American or Asian
broccoli- will be higher if you have thyroid issues
arugula- will be MUCH higher if you have thyroid issues
chard- will be MUCH higher if you have thyroid issues- sensitivity to oxalic acid
The notes below should be kept in case you test reactive to any of the foods listed:
In children, most allergic reactions to food are to milk, peanuts, nuts from trees, eggs, soy and wheat. Most children grow out of most allergic reactions to food in early childhood. Allergies that you “grow out of” may recoccur as we age- this is due to the fact that aging itself is a low grade inflammatory process
People with peanut allergies/reactivity might also be reactive to green beans and other peas – there is also a chance there might be nut allergies. Seeds such as sunflower seeds tend to be much less reactive.
Pine nuts are reactive due to its high oil content. Anything that has a high oil content can go rancid quickly. People who are allergic to pine nuts might also react to peanuts and nuts such as almonds.
Shellfish allergy can often cause severe reactions and some people can react to the steam from cooking shellfish.
Sometimes people with an allergy to soy will also react to foods such as peanuts, green peas, chickpeas, rye and barley