Skip Medicine—Avoiding Inflammation Is as Simple as Eating These Foods Every Day

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Inflammation is a hot topic right now. While we're all aware of how it can negatively impact our health, the how and why are still not widely understood. Recently Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, finally clarified what inflammation is along with the symptoms to look out for, but today we wanted to take that information one step further. Now that you have a clear understanding of inflammation, we called on the expertise of celebrity nutritionist, registered dietitian, healthy cooking expert, and published author Keri Glassman to provide a simplified grocery list of her top five anti-inflammatory foods we should eat (and cook with) every day. In our busy lives, we really need it broken down to the list level.

"Supplements can help, too," she wrote in a recent blog post. "But foods are generally more powerful since many contain several different anti-inflammatory components (aka they're the complete package.)" Besides, we're firm believers in the prevention-rather-than-cure philosophy, and by eating these foods every day you're effectively equipping your body with the fuel it needs to fight the inflammation fire if it does occur. So read on for the foods Glassman tells us "you should be eating and cooking with every day, and as often as possible."

Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat Every Day


"Contains something called organosulfur compounds, which have been found to inhibit inflammatory enzymes in the body."


"This root is filled with curcumin, which acts as a powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals while at the same time lowering levels of enzymes that cause inflammation."


"They contain a trifecta of powerful antioxidants—vitamin C, anthocyanin, and glutathione. That's likely why studies have shown that eating them regularly can reduce inflammatory markers."


"This powerful spice contains cinnamaldehyde, an antioxidant that inhibits expression of inflammatory compounds."


"This cruciferous veggie contains an antioxidant called sulforaphane, which has been shown to reduce levels of inflammatory compounds."

Top 3 Foods That Cause Inflammation

Fried Food

"When foods are deep fried, compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) form. Studies like this one have shown diets that are lower in AGEs are associated with lower inflammation markers."

Cupcakes/Cookies/White Bread

"Studies have found eating sugary foods and beverages increases markers of inflammation in the blood."

Canned Soup

"Soup can be an incredibly nutrient-rich part of your diet, but the canned kind is often boiling over with excess salt. Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, and research has shown an association between sodium, high blood pressure, and inflammation."

You can read more on Glassman's anti-inflammatory food recommendations

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