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These Delicious Foods Are Anti-Inflammatory, Too!

By Stepy Kamei

When it comes to building up a healthy diet for yourself, it can be overwhelming when trying to balance all the things needed for a truly beneficial dietary plan. For instance, one aspect of a healthy diet involves eating enough anti-inflammatory foods to combat inflammation from building up in the body. You may be curious as to exactly how inflammation can be so harmful to your health, and you may want to know more about how anti-inflammatory foods work in your body. Keep on reading to learn more about how adding anti-inflammatory foods into your diet can improve many aspects of your overall well-being, while preventing many health issues from occurring as well!

How Inflammation Impacts the Body

The confusing thing about inflammation is that it's actually a natural response from the body's immune system to certain stimuli. Unfortunately, for something that's supposed to help fight off infections and foreign bodies, it can create all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms, including itchiness, aching muscles, and stiff joints. This is why eating a healthy diet filled with anti-inflammatory foods is key to preventing inflammation from harming your health.

Berries

Berries are more than a sweet snack -- they can combat inflammation in the body as well! This is because berries naturally contain a compound known as anthocyanins. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all excellent choices, so be sure to add these to your morning yogurt, or pop a handful at a time for a quick snack between meals.

Green Tea

If you're looking for a warm beverage that can give you a nice boost of nutrients, anti-inflammatory properties, and caffeine without the jitters, it's time to give green tea a try! Studies have shown that people who consume green tea on a regular basis tend to experience a reduced risk of developing issues sprung from inflammation, as well as dementia and obesity as well.

Turmeric and Ginger

These two spices have been revered for hundreds of years and used in many different types of cuisine due to their variability and impressive health benefits. Turmeric in particular contains curcumin, the compound which gives it a distinct orange hue, in addition to fighting of inflammation throughout the body.

Fatty Fish

Finally, adding a fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel into your meals is a great way to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain health while reducing inflammation as well. Sardines and anchovies are also a good choice, if you prefer smaller fish to eat.

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

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