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Winning the Battle Against Inflammation: 5 Foods and Spices to Eat Now

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Winning the Battle Against Inflammation: 5 Foods and Spices to Eat Now

It seems like no matter where you turn these days, you hear the word “inflammation.” It’s no surprise – our lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary, and many rely on a quick and easy packaged or processed meal to sustain themselves. Add in unfathomable stress levels, allergens and environmental toxins, and is it any wonder our bodies are beginning to go haywire, with inflammation spinning out of control?

To a certain degree, inflammation is a wonderful thing. During an acute state, it's our body’s way of responding to an infection or injury, sending immune cells to heal the affected area. Unfortunately, chronic states of inflammation can also occur, and our immune system can forget to signal inflammation to shut off. Over time, this nonstop production of immune cells can have serious consequences. In fact, doctors and researchers pinpoint unchecked inflammation as the root cause of many chronic diseases. I once heard a doctor liken chronic inflammation in the body to a rebel army hellbent on destroying its own country. Personally suffering from a severe inflammatory disease, I couldn’t help but wonder what role food and diet played. After much research, I found this is a question on a lot of people’s mind, from chronic illness sufferers to researchers alike. Today, science is revealing that certain foods – such as those high in sugars and saturated fats – can increase inflammation in the body, while other foods can help curb it.

While more studies are necessary, the beneficial role of food and diet in relation to decreasing inflammation looks promising. So, if your body is currently waging a war against itself, gear up with the following five foods and spices and win what could be one of the most important battles of your life – living disease free.

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