Inflammation occurs when the body fights infections or recognizes anything foreign. The body is oftentimes tricked into becoming inflamed when we eat certain foods, don't get enough sleep, or have lost balance in our lives. This can manifest itself visually or be hidden away. Chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer and other debilitating diseases, so it is extra important that everyone be mindful to eat foods that fight the causes of inflammation. According to our book "Clean Slate," here are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods for you, plus recipes for ways to enjoy them.
We love the refreshing juicy quality of a ripe tomato, but not only does this fruit taste great, it is also a great source of inflammation-fighting vitamin C.
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Garlic, a relative of onion, is known for its lingering smell and its potent detox capability. Just like vampires, this magical allium is believed to keep toxins, colds, and other harmful problems at bay.
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Olive oil is commonly called the healthiest fat on earth -- great for you inside and out. Your hair will shine, skin will feel hydrated, and the myriad of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols will keep you well.
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Kale, spinach, arugula, Swiss chard ... basically any dark leafy green can help keep your body working more efficiently. The darker the green usually means the more chlorophyll, which helps the body detoxify.
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There are omega-3 fatty acids wtih heart-healthy benefits packed into every nut. These are real powerhouses.
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Fatty fish like tuna and salmon promote the dispersal of inflammation in our bodies by balancing out the toxins in our diets. A bonus result: You feel less bloated!
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Known for their bright, happy color and vitamin-C filled juice, oranges (in addition to other citrus) help promote the formation of enzymes in the liver that flush toxins.
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Turmeric has long been used in traditional Indian and Asian medical practices to treat inflammation. The spice contains curcumin, which aids digestion.
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These little power players are packed full of iron and magnesium, both of which help your blood flow through your body and reduce inflammation.