THE TOP THREE BENEFITS OF AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
By Rebecca Jacobs
Anti-inflammatory diets are becoming more and more popular with good reason. Inflammation-fighting foods have been shown to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases in those whose diets include lots of them. Anti-inflammatory diets also support overall health and wellness. Their goal is to reduce chronic inflammation, which in turn helps to reduce the prevalence of disease.
Chronic inflammation can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and even cognitive conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Stress levels, a lack of physical activity, and pollution levels can contribute to systemic inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet includes a variety of foods with a focus on fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful ones like berries, tomatoes, and dark leafy greens. Saturated fats are only included in small amounts. Delicious foods that are high in antioxidants, like dark chocolate and green tea, are also allowed. The benefits of such a diet are many. Here are the top three:
Arthritis Pain Reduction
If you suffer with arthritis, an anti-inflammatory diet may be the key to naturally reducing the pain. Removing processed foods and reducing foods high in saturated fats will fight inflammation, but the foods included in this diet are what really impact the reduction of arthritis pain. Fish is a staple in many anti-inflammatory diets and has been shown to reduce inflammation due to its omega-3 content. The American Heart Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend three to four ounces of fish twice a week. Arthritis experts claim more is better. (1) Studies have also shown that foods like nuts and seeds have a huge impact on those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis.
Blood Pressure Reduction
Anti-inflammatory diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, have been known to help control high blood pressure. These diets are high in foods like olive oil, which can have a positive impact on blood pressure readings. Their focus on whole foods rather than processed foods also plays a role in managing blood pressure.
Protection against Cancer and Chronic Conditions
Since inflammation leads to chronic disease, it is no wonder that when there is a reduction in overall inflammation your chance of developing cancer or chronic disease reduces as well. Inflammation-fighting diets focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish, all of which play a role in protecting the body from disease and cancer. Reduce the inflammation and cut the risk of disease.
Anti-inflammatory diets are beneficial to anyone who wants to improve their overall health and reduce their chances of developing age-related diseases. Many people who follow such diets live longer, weigh less, and have a lower chance of contracting a medical condition than those who consume processed and inflammation-provoking foods. Not only does the diet offer an abundance of food options, the food is also nourishing and delicious. Get on the path to fighting inflammation today with a diet designed to reduce it.
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Rebecca Jacobs is a holistic nutritionist who believes in a non-traditional approach to achieving health goals. She understands that everyone’s journey is different, and she is aware that one size does not fit all. Some of Rebecca’s areas of interest include detoxification, weight loss, kidney health, food sensitivities, and digestive health.
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