Avoid inflammation for optimal health.
Nutrition is the cornerstone of healthy living. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.” While food is no substitute for proven medical treatment, it can help build the foundation of a healthy body—and a healthy body is stronger in the face of stress and illness.
Many diseases—including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even some allergies—are associated with an underlying condition of inflammation. Diet and lifestyle can cause the inflammation that ultimately leads to illness. Want to stay healthy? Avoid inflammation by eating an anti-inflammatory diet.
What Foods Cause Inflammation?
One of the best ways to eat an anti-inflammatory diet is to avoid foods that are pro-inflammatory—and unfortunately, there are a lot of them. In fact, if you eat a standard American diet, you’re on the fast track to inflammation. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the acronym for such a diet is SAD. Here are the worst offenders:
Eating an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
It’s never too late to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet—even if you’re already suffering from an inflammatory disease. Whether you want to get healthy or stay healthy, start with the most basic “medicine”—food. If you’re ready to say to goodbye to inflammation, here are some steps you can take:
ELIMINATE OR REDUCE
|Healthy fats:Increase your intake of monounsaturated oils and omega-3 fatty acids by consuming foods such as:
||Unhealthy fats:Say goodbye to foods high in trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids, such as:
|Fruits and vegetables:Eat foods rich in antioxidants, such as:
||Unhealthy carbohydrates:Some, but not all, carbohydrates are considered unhealthy, such as:
|Herbs and spices: Some herbs and spicescontain compounds (known as bioflavonoids and polyphenols) that have been shown to fight inflammation, such as:
||Allergenic foods: Avoid foods that result in sensitivities or allergies. If you’re not sure whether you’re sensitive to a certain food, it might be wise to follow an elimination diet to identify problem foods.|
|Healthy proteins:Make wise protein choices and reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet. Some healthy proteins include:
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