Fighting Inflammation, the Body’s Hidden Killer
Foods to avoid The following foods can increase inflammation in some people:
Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries fried foods, such as French fries red meat processed meat, such as hot dogs and sausage If you’re trying to reduce fight inflammation, try to reduce your intake of these foods. You don’t have to completely eliminate them, but try to eat them only occasionally.
- Sugary beverages: Sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices
- Refined carbs: White bread, white pasta, etc.
- Desserts: Cookies, candy, cake, and ice cream
- Processed meat: Hot dogs, bologna, sausages, etc.
- Processed snack foods: Crackers, chips, and pretzels
- Certain oils: Processed seed and vegetable oils like soybean and corn oil
- Trans fats: Foods with partially hydrogenated ingredients
- Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumptionR
Foods That Reduce Inflammation
There’s truth to the adage “you are what you eat.” It’s especially relevant when managing inflammation and reducing swelling in your joints. While some foods can make things worse, there are plenty of tasty anti-inflammatory foods that can ease swollen joints, finger pain, and even symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Fatty fish like salmon provides “a hefty dose of both EPA and DHA, which are two powerful omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation and lower risk for cancer, heart disease, asthma, and autoimmune diseases.
Red meat has earned its bad reputation for a reason. It’s higher in cholesterol and salt, which can trigger inflammation. To get your protein, switch to fish — like salmon, snapper, tuna, cod, halibut, and bass — that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which also help to reduce inflammation.
Between meals, try nuts. Some great choices include:
They’re also high in omega-3 fatty acids and make a great snack. Sunflower seeds also share some of these nutty benefits.