Inflammation occurs naturally in the body as part of the body’s immune response. When your body is fighting an infection or injury, it sends inflammatory cells to the rescue. This results in those classic signs — swelling, redness, and sometimes pain. That’s completely normal and natural, as long as the body stays in control. This changes when inflammation lingers for a long time and never fully goes away. This chronic inflammation means your body is always in a state of high alert, and it can trigger some major health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers.
Fortunately, your inflammation levels are somewhat in your control. Factors like smoking, being overweight and drinking excessively can increase your risk of inflammation.
Diet also plays a role, and some experts say adjusting the foods and drinks you take in could be a better route to lowering inflammation levels than relying on medication. Taking medication for chronic pain only when necessary may also be a good thing, since many come with unpleasant side effects, like fogginess, sleepiness, and memory loss.
Interested in learning which foods make up an anti-inflammatory diet and how it may be able to help you ward off certain diseases?
Heres a list of the most common anti-inflammatory foods.
NUTS & SEEDS
Bone brothCoconut water
HERBS & SPICES
Chili pepper flakes
Apple cider vinegar
Dark chocolate (>70% cocoa)
Extra-virgin olive oil