Inflammation and Sugar: What You Need to Know


I'm not sure how many people actually know about the correlation between inflammation and sugar. (We're not going to go into the chemistry so don't worry if science class wasn't a fun place for you.) 

Here's an article explaining how sugar affects inflammation in your body. It's not that long but if you don't feel like reading the whole thing I'll summarize it for you below:

Inflammation is usually present in many health problems, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol, among others. What we eat can induce or reduce inflammation.

ALL kinds of sugars (anything that ends in -ose) can cause inflammation. Even fruit sugar (fructose) especially when it's processed (and stripped of its fiber.)

I didn't know the following information. You can read the entire article: The Sugar-Inflammation Relationship

Surprisingly, it only takes about two teaspoons of sugar at a time to distress the body’s chemistry and throw off the delicate homeostasis of the body. Homeostasis creates the necessary conditions for maintenance, repair, and the vital cellular functioning that keeps us alive. When the body’s homeostasis is disrupted, the inflammatory cycle is triggered, and eventually pain, injury, and illness will result.
— The Health Hub

Only two teaspoons? Ouch! The article goes on the talk about how eating too much sugar messes with minerals in our bodies. Because of how minerals interact with vitamins and cells, even having a few out of whack can impact our whole system.

The role mineral imbalance plays on the acidic or alkaline level of our bodies was also new info for me.  Although I think I'll make a discussion on pH balance the topic of another post! (One side note, an easy way I keep track of that balance for myself...when I wake up in the morning, if my mouth tastes bad I know I'm acidic.)

One of the best ways to fight inflammation is to eat a lot of healthy fats, in particular the omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent anti-inflammatories.  (Here's a list of omega-3 foods.)

Finally, what we know but don't necessarily use - if you've got inflammation get sugar out of your diet and eat whole, unprocessed foods.