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Anti-inflammatory Diet: Foods to Eat and Avoid – or at Least Limit

US News & World Report - Health Logo By Michael O. Schroeder of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 15: Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and disease – like when you have swelling and redness around a wound or twisted joint, or fever while your immune system battles an illness. In the short run, inflammation can be helpful. However, 
chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of conditions, and some evidence indicates lifestyle – 
including what we eat – may contribute to inflammation. “The role of chronic inflammation in various diseases – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, 
arthritis, certain cancers – is fairly well-accepted in the scientific community,” says
 Whitney Linsenmeyer, an assistant professor of nutrition at Saint Louis University and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Naturally, people are looking towards dietary changes to reduce inflammation and promote overall health and immunity.”

Why eat anti-inflammatory foods?

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and disease – like when you have swelling and redness around a wound or twisted joint, or fever while your immune system battles an illness. In the short run, inflammation can be helpful. However, chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of conditions, and some evidence indicates lifestyle – including what we eat – may contribute to inflammation. “The role of chronic inflammation in various diseases – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers – is fairly well-accepted in the scientific community,” says Whitney Linsenmeyer, an assistant professor of nutrition at Saint Louis University and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Naturally, people are looking towards dietary changes to reduce inflammation and promote overall health and immunity.”
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