Yesterday's Inflammation Advice Works Today
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us are aware of the dangers of inflammation, but we just assume everything's fine if we try to eat healthy. That often means mixing in pizza and burgers with spinach and yogurt, which may or may not work out for us.
Researchers are exploring links of inflammation to chronic disease, seeking the best diets and nutrients. Chronic inflammation links to heart disease, asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to Harvard Health.
The more work the scientists do the better off we may be, but they also support some very basic advice that our grandmothers offered about the foods we eat. Some of our daily choices promote healthy bacteria to suppress inflammation, and some unfortunately stimulate inflammation in our bodies.
Here are some of the healthy ways to go right now. As always, discuss any changes in diet that you make with your doctor too.
Add lots of fruits and vegetables - Fill your plate with brightly colored peppers, onions, spinach, kale and Brussels sprouts, along with apples, pears, bananas, oranges, lemons and grapes. Your body needs the antioxidants and polyphenols these choices supply.
Add lots of nuts and seeds - Fill your snack bowls with peanuts, walnuts, almonds and all of the other nuts and seeds available. Use nut butters with honey and all fruit jams on whole wheat breads.
Upgrade your drinks - Coffee and cocoa supply polyphenols with anti-inflammatory abilities. Green tea works too. Remember to stay hydrated with enough water and limit alcohol.
How to Put Healthy Foods to Work
Every household and family is different, but most share some of the common goals to keep kids healthy and stay in touch every day. What this means could take place with tips like these.
Reserve time for family sit-down dinners as often as possible.
- Involve everyone in cooking and baking at home
- Let everyone help with food picks at the farmers market and supermarket
- Keep adding new recipes to create new favorites
- Focus on the healthy foods your family likes best
- Don't overlook snacks and meals away from home
- Try some new approaches like gardening to grow your own tomatoes and spinach
Fighting inflammation requires a steady focus that creates healthy habits in shopping, cooking and dining. Take a good look at how your family is eating and see what you can do to make it better.
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