Anti inflammatory foods

When we think of inflammation, we think an injured shoulder or maybe a cancer patient.  Inflammation is initially a good thing- our body's way of healing; but when it becomes chronic, it can be the cause of many health problems.  Many of us may have some chronic inflammation; it's caused by stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, infection, viruses, allergies, body injuries and pains, obesity and overweight.  There is a way to know if you are at risk for any medical issues due to chronic inflammation; see your doctor about taking a blood test known as C-reactive protein.  What can you do to reduce the chronic inflammation?  Increasing your exercise can help you reduce stress; treat an injury and find the right exercises to strengthen instead of make that injury worse; but most of all, eat a healthy balanced diet.   I like Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory food guide pyramid.  Here are some anti-inflammatory foods to try:

  • fatty fish like salmon
  • dark leafy greens
  • whole grains
  • nuts
  • soy
  • low fat dairy
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • beets
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • garlic
  • onions
  • olive oil
  • berries
  • cherries
  • green tea
  • beans
  • dark chocolate

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