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Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Eat these foods to reduce unwanted inflammation in the body

Believe it or not, inflammation is a good thing when your body is working the way it's supposed to work. Through inflammation, your body is able to fight off infection. But when your immune system mistakenly triggers an immune response when there's nothing wrong, inflammation can wreck havoc on you by damaging healthy tissues. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are all associated with inflammation that causes joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, headaches, loss of appetite, or flu-like symptoms. Unwarranted chronic inflammation may also play a role in heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

Your doctor may be quick to prescribe medications to relieve inflammation, but don't pop the pills too fast. There's a good chance you can find relief by eating the right kinds of foods. Which foods are those? You’re about to find out.

Leafy Greens

A salad a day will do your body good. Whether you eat one for lunch or with dinner, the darker the greens the better. Spinach, collards, kale, and Romaine lettuce are all rich in vitamin E, a nutrient that helps protect your body from cytokines, molecules that trigger inflammation.

Fatty Fish

You hear all the time that fatty fish is good for your heart, but the main reason for this is because their omega-3 fatty acids work to reduce inflammation. Eat baked or broiled salmon, tuna, sardines, or mackerel several times a week for the greatest benefit.

Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes are a healthy addition to salads and sandwiches, but cooked tomatoes are especially effective in the fight against inflammation. The anti-inflammatory chemical lycopene gives tomatoes their bright red color and is more potent when cooked. So enjoy cooked tomatoes in sauces, juices, soups, and pastas, and know you’re enjoying an extra layer of inflammation reduction.

Whole Grains

The high fiber content found in whole grains works to reduce inflammation in the body. Whole grain oats, bran, wheat, quinoa, and rye are all excellent options. When choosing breads, pastas, and cereals, make sure the first ingredient listed is a whole grain and contains little to no added sugars.

Ginger and Turmeric

If you find yourself wanting to serve up some spicy Asian or Indian food for supper, here’s some good news: The two spices ginger and turmeric have been found helpful in reducing the process of inflammation in the body. Ginger, taken as a supplement, eases inflammation in the intestines. Bright yellow turmeric curbs the effect of proteins that trigger inflammation.

Nuts

Looking for a healthy, satisfying snack? Try some nuts. All types of nuts—almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pecans—are rich in powerful antioxidants that battle inflammation and repair its damage.

Onions and Garlic

Fight off vampires and inflammation at the same time! These strong-smelling veggies are great for your immune system. Garlic works similarly to anti-inflammatory pain medications, and onions contain chemicals that fight free radicals responsible for inflammation.

Berries

All fruits are good for you, but berries are especially potent in the fight against inflammation. The same chemicals that give berries their bright colors help protect you from the symptoms of inflammation. So this summer enjoy your fill of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Tart Cherries

And the winner is...tart cherries! Compared to every other food, tart cherries seem to offer the greatest protection against inflammation. So get ready to pucker up with a handful of tart cherries and feel the inflammation in your body go away.