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Dieting to Reduce Inflammation and Live Longer

By Stephen R. Farris

Anti-inflammatory diet? Chances are you probably haven't heard about it. So what is it? Well if you've heard of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, then you will have an idea of what foods are involved and the ones that should be avoided.

While scientists don't completely have a grasp on inflammation in our bodies, they do however, know that by including foods high in antioxidants help reduce inflammation and as an added bonus, reduce our chances of dying from cancer, heart disease and other ailments.

Shop Wisely

If you're going to make a change to an anti-inflammatory diet, then shop wisely at the grocery store. Avoid as much processed foods as possible. Instead, select fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose lean meats such as fish and chicken over processed meat. Keep in mind, there are certain foods that contribute to inflammation, especially those with hidden or high sugar content and certain red meats as well.

The Change Can Be Overwhelming

Almost any change, especially when changing your eating habits, can be a bit overwhelming to your body and mind. While some people can jump right in and start a new diet, it may take a short adjustment period to allow your body to absorb the change and for your mind to get used to the new regimen. Once you've become accustomed to it, adjust your schedule so that you allow yourself time to prepare healthy meals.

Don't Forget About Exercising

So now that you're eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, let's not forget to include exercise into the mix too. Eating healthy is one thing, but our bodies need to keep moving as well. Try adding a morning walk for at least 15 to 30 minutes each day. If time permits, do it again in the early evening time. Maybe while dinner is in the oven and you know you've got time to do it.

Combined, diet and exercise can add a few extra years to your life and help reduce those certain health risks it seems we are faced with more and more today.

Talk with your local chiropractor, such as those at The Joint Chiropractic. They can make suggestions and offer tips on nutrition, as well as help you when you're experiencing pain in your back, joints and neck. They have over 500 nationwide locations and no appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome! 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rocklin, Calif.

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