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conscious eating


Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically


more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” Tat’s what Andrea Adams Britt did.


A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. Te solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “Te best foods are those


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ny time our bodies sense an “invad- er”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go


into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to


these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. Tis disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory prop- erties can help the body function better.


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doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, direc- tor of the Arizona Center for Integrative


Anti-Inflammatory


Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk by Judith Fertig


Physician Support “Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reduc- ing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and


that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delecta- ble flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammato-


ry Food Pyramid at Tinyurl.com/An- drew-Weil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, down- loadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body


has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”


Inflammation Food Fixes


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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflamma- tories such as vitamins K, D and C,


says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory com- pound that inhibits the activity of


enzymes the body uses to trigger inflam- mation, advises Axe.


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