Anti-inflammatory diet tips to try
The foods we eat have an impact on our weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. And a new study shows a strong association between long-term diets and chronic inflammation, which researchers say can be one of the underlying causes of many health problems. Consumer Reports reveals which foods to avoid and how to jump-start an anti-inflammatory diet for better health.
Think of inflammation this way: When you cut your finger it bleeds, and almost immediately white blood cells rush to the area to help heal the cut. You might notice swelling or reddening of the area. This is an example of acute inflammation, which is temporary and promotes healing.
But in other cases, irritants and germs can cause low-level, persistent inflammation called chronic inflammation. It can lead to health problems like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even dementia.
How do you avoid chronic inflammation? Consumer Reports says to start with your diet. Some foods, like colorful fruits, have antioxidants that can dampen inflammation. Other foods, such as red and processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and sugar may promote inflammation.