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Seven Inflammation-Fighting Foods You Should be Eating

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Lemon an inflmmation-fighting food

Are you experiencing ongoing fatigue, skin irritations, high blood pressure, the onset of allergies or asthma, and/or consistent pain in your joints and muscles? If any or all of the above symptoms describe you, chronic inflammation could be the culprit. A condition that can lead to a multitude of diseases – heart disease, cancer, arthritis – chronic inflammation and its destructive effects on your health should not be trifled with.

Steps to inhibiting and even halting this damaging condition include adequate sleep, regular exercise, and reducing the amount of stress in your life. Diet plays a tremendous role in the prevention of chronic inflammation. Typical ‘superfoods:’ spinach, broccoli, kale, pomegranates, blueberries, most certainly help in the battle against inflammation. But those aren’t the only foods you can turn to for anti-inflammatory benefits. These next seven, lesser-known featured foods are recognized inflammation fighters. Additionally, they offer many other health advantages.

Dinner just got a whole lot more interesting!

Watercress: A leafy green vegetable related to mustard and radish, this zesty and peppery plant makes an excellent addition to any salad or sandwich. Studies have shown it to not only prevent inflammation, but it can also prevent free-radical damage to the DNA in white blood cells and halt the growth of cancerous tumors within the body.

Ginger: A pungent root vegetable with tremendous eating versatility. In addition to its anti-inflammation properties, ginger is also an effective anti-bacterial; proven to be more effective than some prescription antibiotics.

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Bok Choy: Despite looking like a hybrid form of celery joined with romaine lettuce, bok choy is actually a type of Chinese cabbage that can be steamed, sautéed, stir fried, and added to soups or salads. It aids in optimal eye health and a reduced risk for macular degeneration, and of course, fights inflammation.

Red Onion: Because of their strong tendency to lose flavor during the cooking process, these onions are very often eaten raw as a topping on sandwiches and salads and blended into salsas. Red onions possess strong anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

Lemons: Being highly acidic and mouth-puckeringly sour, this fruit typically isn’t a first choice for casual snacking. Lemons can be quite refreshing though, and are used to compliment glasses of water and tea, and incorporated into savory marinades and flavor enhancers for chicken, fish, and pasta entrees. Lemons help lower blood sugar levels, stimulate the liver, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body.

Chia Seeds: Yes, the exact same seeds are used to grow your favorite chia pet. Who knew they could be so deliciously good for you?! These little wonder-seeds help to reduce inflammation & high cholesterol, and improve cognitive function.

Seaweed: There are dozens and dozens of seaweed varieties available; all of which come in a vast array of preparation and eating options. Dried seaweed can be used to wrap sushi or flavor soup. It can be eaten raw – alone or over a salad. Seaweed acts as a natural detox for the body and body systems. It also reduces inflammation.

Medhelp: Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Healthcentral: Cooking to Control Pain: Seaweed; Christina Lasich
Netdoctor: The Health Benefits of Watercress; Sian Gardiner
Everydayhealth: Eat to Beat Inflammation; Michele Blomquist
The National Library of Medicine: The Promising Future of Chia; J. Biomed Biotechnol