There are times when inflammation actually helps us. For example, it can be the body’s natural response to eliminate or repair an injury or the body’s response to harmful bacteria. But when things get out of balance and inflammation becomes chronic, it can increase the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis and cause symptoms like fatigue and joint pain.
We have the ability to curb chronic inflammation through our food choices. What we eat can not only increase or decrease inflammation but also increase or decrease our risk of developing these diseases and symptoms.
The first step to combating chronic inflammation is to eliminate or reduce inflammatory foods such as: