Explore how an anti-inflammatory diet can improve your health. Learn about foods that reduce inflammation and the benefits you can expect.
By Miriam Del Carmen Padilla, MD
May 1, 2023
Updated Jul 26, 2023
5 min read
A lot of the major health conditions that affect us have been linked to chronic inflammation.
The good news is you can reduce inflammation and the harmful effects caused by it by making simple changes to what you eat.
There are a lot of chronic health conditions that have been associated with increased inflammation:
The term 'anti-inflammatory diet' doesn’t refer to a specific diet regimen, but to an overall style of eating.
The first thing you can do to reduce inflammation is cutting back on foods that cause it.
An anti-inflammatory diet is one that includes minimally processed foods. That typically means staying away from anything that comes in a box or a bag, or anything that has a long list of ingredients, especially if the highest concentration of ingredients starts with sugar, salt, processed oil, or ingredients you don’t recognize.
Examples of processed foods include:
While you think about cutting out processed foods, there are some kinds of food that actually decrease inflammation.
A whole food is a one-ingredient food so think of things like apples, oranges, cucumbers etc.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, other examples include:
You may not notice benefits right away, but some of the good things you will start to see from eating an anti-inflammatory diet include:
What you eat can benefit your health in a lot of ways. You can take control of your health by eating foods that will make you feel better.
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