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Chronic low grade inflammation is common to those who suffer from any number of disorders or diseases.

You are likely to have inflammation if you have cardiovascular disease, arthritis, acid reflux, asthma or a bacterial or viral infection. Even if you suffer from a skin disorder such as acne or psoriasis then you are likely to have inflammation in your body.

Inflammation is not all bad. It is good in that it does its part to help your body cope with stresses that are put upon it. For instance when you come down with a head cold you may get a fever which is a type of inflammation that signals to your body that your immune system needs to kick into high gear to help you heal. However if your immune system is constantly working overtime and your body is always under stress then this can lead to chronic inflammation that will make you more vulnerable to any number of diseases and sicknesses.

What you need to do is to find natural ways to prevent the bad type of inflammation from making you ill and from zapping all of your energy. You can do this by eating nutritious foods, reducing stress in your life and eliminating sugar and processed foods from your life. Increasing the amount of sunshine you receive on a regular basis can also do you a tremendous amount of good in making you less inflammation prone.

Let us focus in on the inflammation-fighting foods that can improve your health and your lifestyle in general.

Broccoli is a vegetable that takes high marks for so many of its beneficial properties. It is rich in the mineral calcium as well as vitamin C. Broccoli is instrumental in fighting inflammation of the eyes. For optimum digestion you should lightly steam your broccoli before eating it.

In our society so many of us consume too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids. To fight inflammation you need to add more omega-3’s to your diet. Hemp oil can be helpful in this regard. Hemp oil contains an ingredient known as gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) that fights inflammation throughout the body. There are other types of oils that contain omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseed oil. Add more of these oils to your daily diet. In particular select unrefined organic oils.

Another way to ensure that you are getting enough omega-3 fatty acids is to eat wild-caught salmon. Other fatty fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids includes cod and sardines. Include fish in your meals at least twice a week.

Onions and garlic can both send inflammation packing! Onions are full of quercetin which is an intense antioxidant that can help the body to fight inflammation anywhere that it shows up. Garlic has its fair share of anti-inflammatory properties. It is made up of sulphur compounds that stimulate your immune system to fight illnesses and diseases that threaten your health.


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