Foods that fight chronic inflammation

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- What do obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, cancer, and irritable bowl disease have in common? Scientists have linked all of these diseases (yes, obesity is considered a disease) and many more to chronic inflammation. And it’s inflammation that’s making you sick.

Some of the biggest causes for this chronic inflammation are excess body fat, what you eat, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, food sensitivities and allergies, and life stress.

The good news is that you can prevent and even reverse symptoms and disease states just by choosing certain foods that are healing to the body and will help decrease inflammation very quickly.

The following list neatly summarizes what an anti-inflammatory diet looks like.

  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy fats, like virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, and grapeseed oil, and those naturally found in nuts and seeds
  • Smart carbohydrates: Whole grains, including quinoa and amaranth (both are technically seeds but we lump them in with grains), brown rice, buckwheat, and oats
  • Smart proteins include fatty fish (get those omega-3 fats), beans, lentils, and organic tofu

Other healing foods include the herbs and spices in your pantry. There’s ample evidence that turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger, as well as rosemary and oregano, can help fight inflammation and heal your body.

Bottom line: Eat more clean, whole, real, unprocessed foods. Drink plenty of water and green tea. Skip the junk. You’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel in as little as a week.

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