The Anti-Inflammatory Grocery List

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The Anti-Inflammatory Grocery List

By Toni Gasparis

Acute inflammation is the process of your immune system becoming activated in order to heal ailments such as a cut or an infection. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is when parts of your body are continuously inflamed for various non-acute reasons, such as longstanding illness, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, or environmental factors such as pollution. This type of inflammation in the body is dangerous because it could potentially damage tissues, and research has shown that it contributes to certain diseases in your body such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Fight inflammation in your body by cleaning up your diet and making sure you are feeding yourself the healthiest foods possible.

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What Are Anti-Inflammatory Foods?

There are two types of foods that are important to know about: pro-inflammatory foods and anti-inflammatory foods. Pro-inflammatory foods are those that contain unhealthy ingredients that can cause an adverse reaction, and therefore inflammation, in the body. Highly processed foods are the biggest culprit due to their bad fats and preservatives, but white starches, sugar, certain types of bread, and even red meat can also be to blame. Conversely, anti-inflammatory foods inhibit or deactivate certain pro-inflammatory chemicals, receptors, or processes in the body to reduce inflammation. The best way to guarantee you are eating anti-inflammatory foods is to pack your diet with clean, natural, healthy foods.

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Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.