Why Anti-Inflammatory Food Is Good For Your Body

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When it comes to taking care of yourself, your body is literally the first aspect of yourself that you need to care for. This can be done by sweating it out via exercising or even by getting a good night’s rest. Often overlooked, though, is the impact that your diet can have on your body. Every day, you consume a variety of food but if that variety is mainly fatty and oily food then you’re more susceptible to unwanted diseases. Before it’s too late, take control of your diet by learning about anti-inflammatory food and why it’s super duper important to incorporate this type of food into your life.

Why Opt For An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
Free radicals can lead to cell damage which in turn, can increase your risk of inflammation – common diseases caused by inflammation would be heart diseases and cancer. Sometimes referred to as a Mediterranean diet, extra-virgin olive oil and nuts have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer within women. In general, an anti-inflammatory diet reduces the risk of all types of cancer and of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease; diseases caused by inflammation within the body.

Basically, an anti-inflammatory diet protects your cells from free radicals. This is because many plant based foods are rich sources of antioxidants. Besides consuming lots and lots of fresh vegetables, a Mediterranean diet also includes fruits and can include seafood. For an anti-inflammatory diet to be effective, though, you must absolutely avoid sugary or processed foods. An anti-inflammatory diet can even serve as a complementary therapy, and is ideal for you, if you have any of these conditions: Hashimoto’s disease, asthma, psoriasis, lupus, diabetes etc.

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What Type Of Food Is Anti-Inflammatory? 

● Olive oil
● Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, sardine, and anchovies  
● Vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, and broccoli
● Beans and legumes such as lentils, pinto beans, red beans, and chickpeas
● Nuts like almonds and walnuts
● Fruits like tomatoes, blueberries, and cherries

Did you know that the substance that gives fruits like cherries, raspberries, and blackberries their color is actually a type of pigment that helps fight inflammation? Besides consuming the aforementioned fruits, research has shown that vitamin K-rich leafy greens like spinach and kale, for example, curb inflammation, too.

Anti-inflammatory food is widely regarded as healthiest for the body but, of course, it may not prevent all diseases as health encompasses not only the body but also the mind and soul. Switching to a healthier diet will certainly lower your chances of disease, though, and for that reason alone you should start taking care of what you eat. It’s important to take note that fresh ingredients are always the best. So why not add a variety of fresh, anti-inflammatory food to your plate and make it a party?

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