5. Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Certain foods slow down digestive processes and increase free radical damage, which is the cause of aging. You can think of these as “metabolism death foods.” The body recognizes processed and inflammatory foods as toxins, and therefore eating these triggers your innate immune system’s fight-or-flight response, which increases stress hormone production and slows down metabolic functioning. Sadly, even some foods that seem “healthy” are the culprits for unwanted weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, ongoing fatigue, hormone imbalance and digestive distress.
I recommend avoiding the following foods as much as possible:
sugary drinks (including soda and juices)
processed foods made with grains, especially the kind that contain gluten (including wheat products like bread, pasta, cereal, crackers, muffins, desserts, flours, chips and granola bars)
refined vegetable oils
artificial sweeteners and ingredients
low-quality dairy and animal products (the kind that are not grass-fed, pasture-raised, raw and organic)