One of the best ways to reduce inflammation in the body is not found in the medicine cabinet but in the refrigerator. What is an anti-inflammatory diet? Whenever the body detects a foreign invader such as chemicals, allergens, bacteria your immune system becomes activated to protect against these invaders, and bouts of inflammation allow the body to fight these invaders.
Sometimes inflammation can persist in the body even if not threatened by outside invaders. Diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease have been linked to chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is more invisible, insidious, and lower grade but o its silent nature is what makes it dangerous.
Foods that include fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and healthy oils such as olive and sunflower, can bring down inflammation. Foods that should be eliminated include soda, refined carbohydrates, candy, and red or processed meats and dairy should be limited. The standard Mediterranean diet is made up of most healthy anti-inflammatory foods, and countries that use this type of diet have a much lower incidence of chronic inflammatory diseases.
Speak to the doctors about a diet that would be most beneficial for you whether you have health issues or just want to keep a preventative approach.