Why High Inflammatory Diet is Bad for Your Kidney Health
A high inflammatory or Inflammatory diet is mainly comprised of processed foods. These are the type of foods typically devoid of various colors, not enough whole grains, not enough variety of fruits and vegetables.
Mostly they are: – refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, white flour, pastries)
- Fried and junk foods,
- Breakfast cereals with added sugar, high fructose corn syrup,
- All form of sodas, soda-pops, and other sugary drinks
- Red meat, processed meat products (e.g. Sausages, hot dogs, etc.)
- Margarine and lard
Why is it bad for your kidneys?
Processed foods are a major source of high sodium and phosphorus content, which in the long term, can harm the kidneys as well as bones. Even some vegetables like eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers, in excess, can trigger inflammatory reactions.
Inflammation is a natural healing response of the body to fight illness and protecting certain areas from further damage. The main source of inflammation in the body is free radical damage. So, long-term intake of those high inflammatory foods, even in an otherwise normal person can be detrimental to overall health (more importantly the Kidneys).
Therefore, it is important to change the diet to anti-inflammatory one (one that comprises of a lot of seasonal vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, drinking plenty of water, avoiding processed foods, junk foods, and sodas, getting adequate sleep, regular work-out, etc.). Anti-inflammatory diets are high in antioxidants which helps in fighting against that inflammation and maintain body metabolism properly.
You are what you eat. Chronic inflammation can pose several health risks (including chronic kidney diseases), so adopt a healthy diet plan today onward.
The number of chronic diseases among the younger population is rising alarmingly, hence diet and lifestyle factor need to be modified with utmost priority. For a proper round the clock diet chart based on exclusively your needs, you should contact Ask A Doctor / Ask A Dietitian.
Remember, the changes may not be immediately evident and can be difficult at times to maintain, but over a period, the body gets adjusted to the healthy habits and so does the mind.