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Fighting the War on Inflammation With Nutrition

By Stephen R. Farris

There are numerous diets available at your fingertips that could help reduce the amount of inflammation you might be experiencing. Some of those diets may suggest theirs is the only one that can help, but in reality, there's more than just one and by doing a little research and experimentation, you could find one that will fit your needs.

Inflammation occurs when your immune system is constantly working, causing pain in your joints, muscles and back. So a diet to help fight against inflammation could greatly reduce the pain caused by it.

Let's take a look at a few foods you might consider adding, or changing completely, in your diet.

The Good Foods

As with any diet, there are foods that will help you and those that will defeat your dietary goals. For battling inflammation, consider adding fresh fruits and raw vegetables, fish, poultry, legumes (such as beans and lentils), low-fat dairy products, and olive oil, to name a few. You can even add a variety of herbs and spices that will bring added flavor to dishes prepared with these ingredients. The antioxidants from these foods can help your immune system combat inflammation.

The Bad Foods

You knew it was coming. Time to toss aside the heavily processed food items. Most heavily processed foods come in the canned goods on your local grocers shelves, or prepackaged items, such as processed meats. So this means you should opt for the healthier foods above, and not settle for packaged microwave dinners, hot dogs, chips, cereal loaded with sugar, canned meats, fruits and vegetables -- as those can contain higher amounts of sodium, preservatives, and/or sugars. Let's not forget about sodas, bottled salad dressings, and sauces, along with canned biscuits, those tubs of butter and margarine, and even those packaged cookies -- all work against fighting inflammation and could even make symptoms worse, as well as adding a few more pounds and inches around your waist.

If you're serious about getting some type of relief from inflammation, and want to try achieving it through nutrition, then talk with your local physician or chiropractor. They may have some tips and suggestions that can guide you on the path to natural pain relief and a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle.

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

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