8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Add to Your Diet

Ever heard of an anti-inflammatory diet and wondered what it is and whether or not you should give it a shot? This diet is built around the fact that sugars, refined grains and saturated fats in processed foods can cause unnecessary chronic inflammation in the body. This can lead to an increased risk for health challenges like heart disease, intestinal issues, anxiety and depression. And if you already have an inflammatory disease like arthritis, it can make symptoms even worse.

An anti-inflammatory diet focuses on replacing processed items with foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins (think whole grains, fatty fish, spices, plant-based proteins and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables). Anti-inflammatory diets are specific to each person—foods that reduce inflammation in some may cause flare-ups for others. Introduce these foods one at a time and take note of their effect. Stop eating any foods that cause irritation and talk to your doctor if you have concerns or questions.

Ready to give it a shot? Try eating more of these eight foods to start fighting inflammation:

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