Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Nov 1, 2012 by

There are benefits beyond the aesthetic that come from how we change our eating habits. Making better lifestyle choices and forming new dietary habits – ones that you incorporate for a lifetime – are all critical to improving your health and reducing (or avoiding) medication dependency.

Recent studies have shown that the inflammation process – the biological function that helps your body heal itself – can also be harmful and lead to a host of chronic diseases. When we stop eating corn-fed meats, sugars, and processed/packaged foods, we can actually curb some of the inflammation that builds in the body. Fibromyalgia and arthritis patients have experienced less pain and stiffness when they are put on an anti-inflammatory eating plan.

The Mediterranean diet (high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and low in less desirable animal fats) has long been praised for its health benefits. Not only does it help with disease prevention, this diet also helps to lower inflammation in the body.

In a similar way, specific anti-inflammatory diets work to remove foods from your diet that can lead to health-harming inflammation. If you are interested in changing your diet to help with a specific disease by decreasing your inflammation, or just want to take this healthier route in general, here are some resources to get you started.


“Why to Eat Like a Greek” 

“Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Pyramid” 

“Anti-inflammatory Diet: Road to Good Health?” 

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