The Importance of An Anti-Inflammatory Diet

salmonAlthough there have been many new diet trends over the past few years, there is one that seems to treat more than just weight management. Following an anti-inflammatory diet may help lower the risk of getting certain diseases. Although inflammation protects the body to a certain extent, too much can cause issues.

The anti-inflammation diet follows the thinking that inflammation in the body causes various illnesses and disorders such as heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and chronic pain, and that eating inflammation-fighting foods will prevent those illnesses from occurring in the body. It turns out that these foods closely mimic a Mediterranean style diet, which happens to also be extremely healthy for you. It is filled with fruits, veggies, whole grains, spices, healthy fats and lean meats. The diet is also completely void of refined and processed foods. In order to give you a better idea of what to include in your anti-inflammatory diet, below is a list of some important foods to incorporate in your new way of eating.

Oily Fish

Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that just so happens to also be an anti-inflammatory. You can best eat those omega-3s by consuming salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines. Eating these types of fish multiple times a week will ensure proper health benefits.

Whole Grain

Some ways you can eat your whole grains is in the form of bread and pasta. It is a good fiber source that has been shown to reduce inflammation in the blood. There has also been studies that show stroke, diabetes and heart attack risks go down on a diet rich with whole grains. 

Leafy Greens

The darker and leafier the greens, the better. Go for kale, spinach, chard and collard greens. Not only are they packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, but they also contain calcium and vitamin K.  

Nuts

Eating raw nuts, particularly almonds and walnuts, are beneficial due to their antioxidant qualities, fiber and vitamin E. This snack can help the body repair itself from damage caused by inflammation. 

Garlic

Ingesting garlic regularly can help shut of pathways in the body that cause inflammation. It also is a great immunity booster that has been shown to prevent many cancers such as stomach, colon, esophageal, pancreatic, breast, colorectal, intestinal and prostate. 

Onions

Although not everyone is a fan, onions contain some of the most anti-inflammatory chemicals. They help fight inflammation by creating substances that fight free radicals. 

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