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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation in the body is believed to accelerate again and be a factor in chronic disease and pain. Reducing inflammation is a crucial element of the wellness lifestyle. Certain foods promote inflammation and will be outlined below.

Foods that have been shown to increase inflammation include foods that contain high amounts of sugar such as candy, soda’s, soft drinks, pastries, sweetened cereals, white processed foods, etc.

Junk foods and fast foods are also on the list as they contain higher amounts of saturated and trans fats which have been shown to promote inflammation. In addition, processed meats and lunch meats are included here as they usually contain nitrates. Nitrates have been linked with inflammation as well.

Typically, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with lower amounts of inflammation and pain. Fruits and vegies contain plant compounds which help to lower inflammation.

With that said, some patients have difficulty with the nightshade family – potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, etc. Such foods can trigger a worsening of inflammation in the body in certain individuals.

Some favorite foods of patients incorporating an anti-inflammatory lifestyle include:  tuna, salmon, fruits & vegetables, legumes, ezekial bread, raw nuts and seeds and nut butters, brown rice, purified water, whole grains and daily intake of supplemental fish oil from a mercury free source.

– Dr. Michael Lau

Natural Health & Chiropractic Center
6130 S Maplewood Ave # D
Tulsa OK 74136
United States