Why Anti-Inflammatory Foods Matter

SalmonSaladIt does not sound sexy at all. Not one iota. Anti-inflammatory foods. Yuk. Why?

Well, bear with us for a few moments. The body relies on its inflammation abilities to heal wounds. It attacks areas of disrepair and nourishes them. That’s the good inflammation.

Bad inflammation causes problems. It can attack healthy tissue, weakening the body, making it vulnerable to various diseases – from hay fever, even cancer.

Bad inflammation (typically referred to as chronic inflammation) can result from a number of causes – from burns and frostbite to stress and toxins. And obesity, researchers recently found, which can lead to numerous cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

So…how to control inflammation? Well, one way is by eating foods known to possess anti-inflammatory agents. In a report highlighted in ScienceDaily.com, Lauren Whitt, Ph.D., Employee Wellness director at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and an adjunct professor of personal health, said: “I encourage people to focus on eating whole foods and foods that are high in fiber.”

Among the foods she cites are citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, tomatoes and wild-caught salmon. Now, if you’re a regular  reader of this blog (and you follow at least some of our advice), you’ve probably already incorporated those foods into your diet.

Nutritionist Karen Lamphere, featured on the site sheknows.com, adds sardines, herring, anchovies, flaxseed, hempseed and walnuts to the list because they’re high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Fighting inflammation might not be the first reason you should adopt healthy-eating habits (second or third, either, for that matter). But it’s comforting to know it’s not only helping you to look and feel better; it’s keeping your body healthy too.

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