inflammatory foods

When your body activates its defense mechanism, it releases cells that induce inflammation. These cells combat bacteria and contribute to the healing of injured tissue. When your body removes cells that lead to swelling without illness or injury, it could indicate chronic inflammation.


Many chronic diseases, such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s, are often accompanied by inflammation. Inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis joints caused by cells and substances can result in joint damage, pain and deformities. Do you know inflammation can be caused by ingesting some food that can worsen the effects? 


Three inflammatory foods you must avoid


Let us dig deeper into three inflammatory foods that Ayurveda suggests you should avoid to reduce further complications. 



Yes, you read that right. Curd is a heavy, heating food. Ayurvedically, it can cause the accumulation of toxins or Ama and blockage to channels. It may further lead to health issues, including indigestion, gas, bloating and much more. 


Black gram

Black gram is also a heavy heating food which can increase Kapha and Pitta, and is not recommended for everyday consumption. Consuming black gram could lead to body inflammation due to its ability to produce excessive reactive oxygen free radicals. 


Consumption of excessive amounts of black gram may lead to elevated uric acid levels in the body. This may increase the risk of kidney stones, especially for those who have a preexisting condition. It can exacerbate gallstones or worsen gout.



Eggplant is considered unwholesome and inflammatory and can cause blockages of channels. Therefore, it is not recommended for everyday use. A healthy individual who exercises daily, has good Agni (digestive fire), and who has been habituated to consuming these, can have these in moderation. However, if you have disease conditions, it is better to avoid Dosha imbalance, improper lifestyle or impaired digestion.”


According to Ayurveda, inflammation is a symptom of an imbalance in the Pitta Dosha, one of the body’s three biophysical energies. By altering your daily habits and diet and medications, if necessary, you can effectively manage and possibly overcome this condition. But along with your diet, it is suggested that you avoid the food mentioned above to prevent or treat inflammation. 


In case the condition persists, please consult with an Ayurvedic doctor.

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