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    Fighting Inflammation With Food

    Sports Nutritionist Certification

    Food is not only nourishment for our bodies. It provides us with energy and helps to sustain life. Unhealthy dietary choices can lead to chronic health problems. Healthier choices can lower your risk of common diseases and ailments. The following foods are just a handful of choices that have proven their ability to fight inflammation in the body:

    1. Pineapples have a natural substance called bromelain that helps to fight infections and inflammation in the immune system. Pineapple also contains healthy amounts of Vitamins C and B1. Studies have shown that pineapple also can boost manganese and potassium levels in the body creating a fantastic combination to lower your risks of strokes and heart disease.

    2. Celery has made the list as well with its rich source of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Vitamins and anti-oxidants help the body rid itself of toxins. Celery can help improve blood pressure and help keep your cholesterol in a healthy range too.

    3. Broccoli has long been admired for its dietary benefits. Broccoli contains high amounts of potassium and magnesium. In addition to providing a great dose of anti-oxidants, studies suggest that broccoli can also help lower stress and reduce risks of certain cancers.

    4. Beets contain a substance called betalain which is very high in anti-oxidants. The betalain in beets also helps lower inflammation and increases your magnesium levels, which gives you a natural defense against infection.   Magnesium can also help prevent accumulations of calcium in the body. These accumulations are linked to kidney stones and other infections in the body.

    The foods above are just a sample of inflammation fighting foods. Choose foods rich in colors from your local produce department and you will be incorporating a lot of natural anti-inflammatory fighting power in your diet. Eating foods rich in anti-oxidants offers a natural way to help fight chronic ailments and diseases in addition to possibly lessening the need for prescription anti-inflammatory drugs.

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