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Things that can trigger inflammation

Since inflammation is part to the immune systems response to damage or foreign substances in the body then many things can trigger inflammation.

Inflammation can be triggered by a  number of factors

  • Physical – can be mechanical as in a car accident injury or assault or environmental like severe cold and heat (burns)
  • Chemical – for example : Acid ‘burns’, drugs, venom.
  • Infection – bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites
  • Ischemia – lack of or restricted blood supply which may eventually lead to death of tissue (necrosis) known as an infarct.
  • Immune – autoimmune conditions and allergies.

Inflammation can also be triggered by things in the environment.

The environment in which you live and work plays a big role in producing inflammation in the body. Exposure to things in the environment like cleaning products, air fresheners, glue and adhesive products, pesticides and pollution can cause inflammation. Not all people react to their environment the same way. Some people can become really sick because of the exposure to certain things in the environment which can lead to inflammation. It is best to try to avoid environmental causes for inflammation.

Things we eat can trigger inflammation or reduce it.

Foods that can trigger Inflammation

  • eggs
  • corn
  • wheat
  • beef, chicken, pork
  • nuts and peanuts
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • apples, citrus fruits, bananas
  • chocolate
  • alcohol
  • caffeinated beverages



Foods that can trigger a reduction in inflammation

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • really green lettuce
  • spinach
  • black beans
  • chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • kidney beans
  • navy beans
  • peas
  • pinto beans
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • lime
  • oranges
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • apricots
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • mango
  • pumpkin
  • sweet potato







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