Inflammation (swelling), which is part of the body's own healing system, helps fight injury and infection. Inflammation can also occur when the immune system goes into action without an injury or infection to fight. Here are a handful of ways to counter this hidden health hazard:
1. Load up on anti-inflammatory foods: Eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. Some of the best sources are cold-water fish (e.g., salmon and tuna), tofu, walnuts and flaxseeds. Other anti-inflammatory foods include grapes, celery, blueberries, garlic, olive oil, tea and some spices (e.g., ginger, rosemary and turmeric).
More Nutrition Quick Tips
2. Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods: These include red meat, eggs, and anything with trans fats, such as margarine, corn oil, deep-fried foods and most processed foods.
3. Manage stress: Use meditation, yoga, guided imagery or some other method to manage stress throughout the day. Stress can cause you to reach for unhealthy, processed foods that cause inflammation and hinder digestion.
What's your nutrition quick tip? Leave it in the comments or email your tip to nutrition editor Nicole Reino.
Perfect your nutrition to boost your performance. Sign up for a race near you.