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The typical American diet doesn’t contain as much healthy stuff as it should. When you go grocery shopping, shopping the perimeter is best, as that is where all the fresh produce is. However, the middle aisles (which is a lot) contain all the processed foods, from chips, soda, ice cream, frozen foods, etc. The problem with processed foods is that they can lead to variety of health issues from obesity to diabetes and just overall inflammation in the body. Different diseases linked to inflammation include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and a variety of autoimmune diseases. Besides medications provided by your doctor, you can help decrease inflammation by taking a closer look at your diet and making some changes.

Foods That Cause Inflammation

There are foods that can cause or increase inflammation within the body. Generally, the foods that are considered bad for our health are the exact same foods that are responsible for inflammation. Try to avoid or limit these foods:

  1. Refined carbohydrates
  2. Sugar
  3. Processed Meat
  4. Artificial Trans Fats
  5. Excessive Alcohol

Foods That Fight Inflammation

When trying to reduce inflammation in the body, aim for a healthy diet. Anti inflammatory foods include:

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables
  2. Nuts
  3. Fatty Fish
  4. Fruits
  5. Olive Oil
  6. Whole Grains

Eating an overall balanced diet will not only lower inflammation but can have positive effects on both your physical and emotional health as well. When you eat well, you will find yourself in a better mood and have increased energy.