Hey, did you know that there are two kinds of inflammation? Acute inflammation is short-term and helps your body heal itself and fight illness (like when you get a papercut or have the flu). Then there’s the chronic, low-grade inflammation that’s linked to health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease. One way to help battle the latter? Cut back on inflammation-promoting foods. Here, seven of the worst offenders.
Sorry, but your afternoon pick-me-up isn’t doing your body any favors. That’s according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soda is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory disease) in women. And even though researchers didn’t find the same link with diet soda, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you either (in fact, it could put you in a bad mood). Instead, stick to good old H20 or try a green juice for a natural energy boost.