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Now That’s Just Inflammatory!

Inflammation is a very normal and healthy bodily response [7] to stress, infection, or injury. Unfortunately, prolonged inflammation [8] 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 [9], 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 [10] – 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

Lady Phoenixx 1999 Flickr Photo (CC) [11]

Broccoli

Mewzii Flickr Photo (CC) [11]

Spinach

A Culinary Photo Journal Flickr Photo (CC) [12]

Kale

Laurel Fan Flickr Photo (CC) [13]

Bok choy

Ulterior Epicure Flickr Photo (CC) [14]

Cauliflower

Lucy Crosbie Flickr Photo (CC) [15]

Cabbage

Rachel Andrew Flickr Photo (CC) [16]

Onions

Harris Graber Flickr Photo (CC) [17]

Peppers

Alltrain43 Flickr Photo (CC) [16]

Aim to eat one of these vegetables daily!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Le Source [18]

Further reading:

More Smart Fuel Posts [19]

Healthy Tastes Great: Popular Recipes from Yours Truly [20]

Health Benefits of Peppers (10 Peppers You Need to Try!) [21]

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