It is becoming increasingly clear
that a host of illnesses--including heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer's
disease--are influenced in large part by chronic inflammation. This is a
process in which the immune system becomes off balance and persists
unnecessarily in its efforts to repair the body and repel pathogens. The
prolonged process results in damage to healthy tissue as well. Poor diet
is a main contributor. You can add foods to your diet that reduce inflammation
and improve how you feel. Plus these foods will help decrease your risk for
Over all, when choosing anti-inflammatory foods to help reduce inflammation and pain, choose fresh foods instead of heavily processed foods. Here are some tips:
- Snack on whole fruits, nuts, seeds, and fresh vegetables throughout the day instead of cookies and candy.
- Eat more fish and less fatty red meats
- Stay away from deep fried food. Instead bake or stir fry your meals.
- Choose green, orange, and yellow vegetables for side dishes or salads.
- Drink plenty of water, fresh 100% fruit and vegetable juices, and herbal teas.