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19 Jul

Now That’s Just Inflammatory!

Inflammation is a very normal and healthy bodily response to stress, infection, or injury. Unfortunately, prolonged inflammation brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle is a destructive force that affects your musculoskeletal health, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, vision, and hormone regulation. It’s important to control inflammation (there are medications, of course) but it’s even wiser to prevent inflammation. You can do this through daily exercise, effective stress management, and avoidance of smoking and drinking. But there are many foods that help control inflammation, too. (Chicken nuggets – or rings – do not.) These foods are known as vegetables. Yes – vegetables can help your inflammation just like drugs can. But don’t tell anyone.

Here are the smartest vegetables for your pursuit of reducing your inflammation without popping pills nice things:

Garlic

garlic

Lady Phoenixx 1999 Flickr Photo (CC)

Broccoli

broccoli

Mewzii Flickr Photo (CC)

Spinach

spinach 1

A Culinary Photo Journal Flickr Photo (CC)

Kale

kale

Laurel Fan Flickr Photo (CC)

Bok choy

bokchoy

Ulterior Epicure Flickr Photo (CC)

Cauliflower

cauli

Lucy Crosbie Flickr Photo (CC)

Cabbage

cabbage

Rachel Andrew Flickr Photo (CC)

Onions

onion

Harris Graber Flickr Photo (CC)

Peppers

peppers

Alltrain43 Flickr Photo (CC)

Aim to eat one of these vegetables daily!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Le Source

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  1. I like how you did this with all pictures instead of text. I’m printing it out.

    Sara wrote on July 19th, 2007
  2. How great to have pictures here. Sometimes I go to the farmer’s market looking for something I’ve read about … but have no idea what it looks like. So having pictures is helpful. Very helpful.

    Cheers!

    almost vegetarian wrote on July 19th, 2007
  3. Broccoli I know is a very effective route to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have heard that steamed vegetables, including broccoli, reduces the vitality of the nutrients… Anyone have an answer for this… Buehler… Buehler???

    phil wrote on July 19th, 2007
  4. A.V. – thanks for stopping by! :)

    Phil – ha, nice to see a fellow Ferris fan. Cooking any vegetable will reduce nutritional content, but generally if you cook anything (including broc) for fewer than 3 minutes, you’re good to go!

    Sara wrote on July 19th, 2007
  5. Another great inflammatory that works well, although not a vegetable, is krill oil. Mrs. Fat’s life has changed because of krill oil. She dropped all pain medication as a result of a serious car accident and now just takes krill. It has also significantly reduced the pain and swelling due to her arthritis.

    the Fats

    Mr and Mrs Fat wrote on July 19th, 2007
  6. Fish oil is great as well.

    Sara wrote on July 20th, 2007
  7. I’m curious about the environmental impact of krill oil. Anyone know?

    Mark wrote on July 22nd, 2007

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