Omega 6 fats
Omega 6 fats, if taken in high dosage, are known to be highly inflammatory. Vegetable and seed oils are known to be a major source of these.
Given these are used in cooking most of the dishes, the consumption cannot be entirely avoided. Thus, reducing consumption is advised.
Artificial trans fat
Artificial trans fat is another inflammatory addition to the diet, which is highly dangerous if you are suffering from an autoimmune disease. Dairy products and meat are known to be rich sources of artificial trans fat, which is created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats.
If you are suffering from autoimmune disease, then a drastic reduction in dairy product and meat intake is required. They can cause inflammation in the gut, lowering the defenses of the immune system and exposing you to further infections and disorders. Therefore, artificial trans fat cannot be a part of your autoimmune anti-inflammatory diet.
Refined carbs are another category you should remove from your autoimmune anti-inflammatory diet. They say not all carbs are bad, but refined carbs are an exception to the rule due to the fact that they lack fiber.
Fiber is known to feed the beneficial gut bacteria and improve blood sugar, and a lack of it makes refined carbs quite useless and more harmful than good.
Further, refined carbs have a higher glycemic index, which is known to escalate blood sugar levels. Soft drinks, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, and the likes are known to be a high source of refined carbs. Curb, but if possible, cut these down from your diet entirely.
Processed meat is another inflammatory food that is highly offensive to your immune system causing autoimmune diseases. It is also known to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Some rich sources are smoked meat, beef jerky, sausage, and bacon.
Excessive alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol too is known to cause inflammation in the gut. While a balanced to a low rate of consumption is considered beneficial, alcohol in excessive quantity is lethal. It can often lead to a condition called leaky gut, wherein bacterial toxins move into the body and leave the colon. It also increases the CRP levels in the body.
Wherever possible, curb or cut the aforementioned products from your diet. It will ensure that your gut health improves dramatically.
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