5 Easy Ways to Get More Anti-Inflammatory Foods in Your Diet

Inflammation The foods that we eat every day can either promote or cool the tendency toward chronic inflammatory conditions. This is in our hands or more truly at the end of our forks.  Unfortunately, most patients we see are not aware that the types of foods they consume can influence the amount of pain and suffering they are experiencing.  Some simple dietary choices can help your body put out the fire and help keep this tendency in check.  There are “foods to lose” and there are “foods to choose”.  So choose anti-inflammatory foods over pro-inflammatory foods, here are some examples…

Instead of these Pro-Inflammatory Foods:  Cottonseed, Corn, Soy, Safflower, Sunflower Oils

Try these Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Ghee, Avocados, Walnut Oil, and Tree Nuts (healthy sources of fat)

Instead of these Pro-Inflammatory Foods:  Commercially Raised Meats, Processed and Smoked Meats

Try these Anti-Inflammatory Foods:  Grass Fed Beef, Pasture-Raised Chicken, Nitrate/Nitrite Free Turkey Bacon (for special occasions)

Instead of these Pro-Inflammatory Foods:  Alcoholic Beverages such as Beers, Ciders, Liquors, Wines, etc.

Try these Anti-Inflammatory Foods:  Organic Green Tea (There are many wonderful varieties to try!); Organic Herbal Tea; Sparkling Mineral Water with a Splash of Real Fruit Juice

Instead of these Pro-Inflammatory Foods:  Processed Foods with Added Sugar and/or Refined Flours

Try these Anti-Inflammatory Foods:  Make your own, so you know what your food contains!  A big batch of homemade soup can be divided up into servings to freeze for later use. Spice it up with turmeric, ginger and rosemary all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and great taste.  Bring leftovers from dinner for next day’s lunch, instead of that frozen entrée. You will save lots of money as well!

Instead of these Pro-Inflammatory Foods:  Cookies, Baked Goods, Sweets

Try these Anti-Inflammatory Foods:  Fresh Fruit (Especially darkly pigmented fruits such as berries, pomegranate and mango); small amounts of unsweetened dried fruits (such as organic raisins, apricots, dates and prunes)

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