Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Here is a brief list of foods that promote inflammation in the body:

* Trans fats
* Saturated fats
* Processed meats (luncheon meat, hot dogs, etc.)
* Processed baked goods (cookies, cakes, donuts, etc.)
* Pre-sweetened cereal
* Candy

If you suffer from an inflammatory process in your body (what springs to mind is arthritis), eating certain foods can possibly make your situation worse. You take NSAIDs more often to fight to the pain. Unfortunately, taking too many of these drugs can have side effects in your body including ulcers and an irritable bowel due to the level of pain relievers in your system.

Foods that Help Stop Inflammation

Before you reach for more pain relievers, consider other changes that you can make in your life to help relieve that inflammation. Examine your diet. Seek to include foods that will work to stop the inflammation process in your tissues and joints.

Don’t know what those are? Here are a few categories of foods that will help your body.

* Omega 3 fatty acids – These are found in healthy oils and cold water fish. Try cooking with olive oil. It is a great source for fatty acids that not only help reduce inflammation but also improve cardiovascular health. Use it in salad dressings and also to cook meals. Salmon is a cold water fish that is full of fatty acids. Try eating fish at least twice a week. If you’re not a fan of salmon, try mackerel.

* Protein – Look for lean sources of protein like chicken, turkey and pork. Even better still are non-animal sources of protein like nuts, legumes and beans. You are provided with good fats and also high sources of protein without animal fats.

* Carbohydrates (including vegetables) – Try whole grain breads. If you are used to eating oatmeal, try other grains like quinoa, barley and bulgur. Vegetables also contain carbohydrates: broccoli, cauliflower and spinach. If there is any inflammation, avoid tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes. These are known to increase inflammation. All other veggies are fair game.

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