Inflammation is an important physiological response to injury and infection. Inflammation tells the immune system to heal and repair tissues that have been damaged through exercise, injury or trauma, as well as defending against foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.
Although a vital process to overall health, chronic inflammation can be a serious as it’s linked to diseases such as heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.   Surprisingly, one of the best ways to combat inflammation is not from the pharmacy but from the grocery store. That’s right – many foods contain anti-inflammatory properties! Whereas some foods accelerate inflammation, other foods reduce inflammation. To help you navigate your choices, here are a few tips:  Eat less……

  • Soda (including diet soda)
  • Sugar/sweetened beverages
  • Processed meats
  • Fried foods
  • Refined carbohydrates (pastries, packaged bread, sugary cereals, chips, crackers, etc.)

Eat more…

  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables (ex. kale and spinach)
  • Nuts
  • Vegetables (ex. Broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms)
  • Seeds
  • Fatty fish (ex. tuna, sardines, salmon)
  • Fruits (ex. berries, citrus, grapes, cherries)
  • Coffee/tea (without added sugar)
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger 
  • Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)