ALTHOUGH inflammation is the body’s normal response to injury, it can lead to disease if it becomes chronic. A recent report from an expert at the University of Alabama (UAB) suggests that you can fight inflammation with food.
According to the National Council on Strength and Fitness, obesity has been found to cause inflammation, and it can lead to the development of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Lauren Whitt, PhD, UAB Employee Wellness Director and adjunct professor of personal health adds that weight loss is also related to a reduction of inflammation, and believes the right anti-inflammatory foods are the answer. Her recommendations?
- Citrus fruits – vitamin C and Vitamin E are essential antioxidants
- Dark, leafy greens – high in Vitamin K
- Tomatoes – the fruit’s red pigment, lycopene, is a potent antioxidant
- Wild-caught salmon – contains a rich concentration of omega-3 fatty acids
At lunchtime, choose salad instead of sandwiches, cut down on saturated fat from processed and fast foods and have fruit for dessert or a snack instead of something sugary. Increase your intake of fish, especially oily fish.
Source. University of Alabama at Birmingham (2013, March 22). Foods can help fight inflammation. Science Daily. Retrieved April 5, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130322154027.htm