Nutrition Quick Tip: Reduce Inflammation

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).

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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.

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Fran Benedict

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

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