How to Avoid Inflammation in Your Body

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Processed Food

Most processed foods are easy to prepare but they lack the essential elements required to keep your body healthy. Even worse they contribute to inflammation.

By: Guest Post

If you’re suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, acid reflux or any number of other diseases, you might have chronic low-grade inflammation. Instead of taking medication you can tackle it by changing the foods that you consume.

North Americans have all but abandoned healthy diets and adopted the processed food habit. Supermarkets are abound with appealing fresh fruit and vegetables, yet most most shopping carts are filled with low-nutrition packaged products. Of course, most processed foods are easy to prepare but they lack the essential elements required to keep your body healthy. Even worse, they contribute to inflammation in the body.

There are times when inflammation serves a valid purpose: It helps your body deal with stress. For example, if you pick up a nasty cold, inflammation in the form of fever helps you combat it.

However, researchers believe that chronic low-grade inflammation is a leading cause of illness and disease. So, how do we go about reducing the damaging effects of it?

Inflammation can be controlled by eating the right foods, reducing stress, eliminating sugar and processed foods, and getting enough sunshine.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for health and development and help reduce inflammation. The best sources are fatty, cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, halibut, tuna and herring.

Antioxidants are known to reduce the effects of oxidation, thereby reducing chronic inflammation. These are found in fruit and vegetables.

Here is a list of foods that will get you started on your anti-inflammatory diet. They are high in anti-inflammation properties so keep them in mind as you prepare your next meal.

1. Garlic and Onions

2. Walnuts

3. Pineapples

4. Tart Cherries

5. Spinach

6. Wild-caught Salmon

7. Broccoli

8. Turmeric and Ginger

 

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