Reducing Inflammation With Your Diet

Cherries, Blueberries Can Relieve Pain

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Many times when something hurts it’s because of some sort of inflammation.

It can be something temporary like a headache or something more serious like arthritis.

“[Inflammation] might be triggered by stress, a lack of exercise, being overweight or environmental factors like smog. All those things can trigger inflammation in the body,” said Marisa Moore, a dietitian.

Moore says your diet can play a major role in reducing inflammation.

“Cherries in particular, specifically tart cherry juice, has been known to reduce inflammation for people who have rheumatoid arthritis so it actually helps to reduce pain,” said Moore. “Blueberries in particular have been shown to lower blood pressure levels. They’ve also been shown to possibly help with brain health so they might help the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”

Leafy greens are also a great choice.

Not only are they great for your waistline, but they are known as the cancer fighter.

Moore also suggests getting more whole grain foods like brown rice and oatmeal.

Foods like fish and nuts are high in omega-three fatty acids, which also reduce inflammation.

“What’s also important is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So that means reducing stress however you can, getting plenty of exercise, making sure that you get enough sleep and really just enjoying your life that’s what’s most important,” said Moore.

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