Digestion should not be a stressful process for you or for your cells. This is why one of the first principles of the XY Wellness Diet is minimizing inflammation. You have probably heard from health experts that inflammatory foods are “bad” and important to avoid.
But eating these foods doesn’t always cause visible problems. And because of that, it can be hard for this message to really sink in. So let’s start with by talking about what inflammation is and how it affects your body.
Inflammation has earned its place among the negatively charged health buzzwords of our time, but it is not bad in itself. It’s your body’s natural response to threats such as injuries, infections, and viruses.
In other words, the body can’t heal properly without becoming inflamed. But this acute inflammation isn’t the type that we’re talking about here.
The kind of inflammation that we aim to minimize in the XYW diet is systemic, chronic, unnecessary inflammation—the kind that leads to disease. (For example, any disease ending in “-itis”—e.g., prostatitis, arthritis, bronchitis, etc.—refers to an inflammatory condition.)
Inflammation is a leading factor in the development of cancer, and has a number of different causes:
- Infections, including viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi
- Surgery (e.g., Radical Prostatectomy, Brachytherapy)
- Physical Trauma such as tissue damage due to collision, radiation (e.g., EBRT), burns, or frostbite
- Chemicals, in particular pesticides and household cleaning products
- High Blood Pressure
- High Estrogen levels
- Sugar and Processed Foods
- Free Radicals
- Chronic Fatigue
- Hypersensitivity Reactions, such as overly powerful allergic reactions
But the good news is that you can easily reduce your body’s inflammatory burden with a few simple dietary modifications. More specifically, anti-inflammatory eating means minimizing or eliminating from your diet the various food-related triggers of inflammatory responses in your body—and a few big players, in particular.
To learn more about how diet fits into the XY Wellness Integrative Roadmap and how you can get started modifying your diet to work for you instead of against you, visit our diet page where you can download our comprehensive XY Wellness Diet Report.