High sugar diets and diets comprised of simple carbohydrates (incidentally like white bread, white rice etc) are also inflammatory and should be avoided when possible.
In addition, high sugar intake is yeast promoting. High sugar ingestion gives yeast (Candida organisms) the perfect food to consume. Proliferation of yeast causes rashes, fungal infections and a number of nasty skin conditions– it also can affect the GI (gastro intestinal) system with devastating consequences.
The gastrointestinal system is the first line of defense for the immune system. Up to 90 percent of the antibodies used to combat infections are produced in the gut. Candida (a fungal infection caused by yeasts) exists in a careful balance with other microorganisms in the GI tract but when excessive amounts of sugar are consumed, the Candida can take over and spread like wild fire.
For some this can cause GI upset to include diarrhea, gas, cramping and sometimes constipation. Incidentally, high fiber and complex carbohydrates from natural sugars found in fruit (like apples), vegetables and whole grains – don’t have the same effect. Lactobacillus found naturally in yogurt is excellent for digestion presuming you are lactose tolerant.
Oxalates are inflammatory chemicals that are present in some types of food and may cause negative reactions in some people. The list is a short list:
- Instant Coffee
- Citrus Peel
- Black Pepper
Eating foods that are high in oxalic acid or oxalates increases the inflammation in the body which can lead to pain, headaches and fatigue. Supplements such as calcium citrate and magnesium citrate can bind oxalic acid – but Lactobacillus can also help. Other supplements are also thought to help like Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6 and the Amino Acid Arginine.
For better overall health and improved digestion consider:
- Eliminating or reducing gluten
- Eliminating or reducing refined sugar and carbohydrates
- Eliminating or reducing oxalates
- Taking Lactobacillus supplements on a regular basis