Inflammation in the body can come from a variety of sources. There’s the obvious kind you’d experience like swelling from a sprained ankle, but there’s also the less apparent kind called systemic inflammation. This kind of inflammation comes from your immune response to something foreign, like fighting off a cold, dealing with plant pollen or even living with certain diseases. According to Harvard Health, many common diseases—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer's—have been linked to chronic inflammation.1
What you eat on a regular basis plays a major role in fighting inflammation. There are actually foods that may increase inflammation in the body, such as refined sugar, soda and margarine.2 Whether you have a condition linked to inflammation or you just want to keep it at bay, incorporating foods that work with your body may help soothe your system.
Here are seven anti-inflammatory foods that have been identified as top-notch to work into your routine—and an added bonus: they are excellent for weight loss as well. If you are on the Jenny Craig program, you can find these in some of our Jenny Craig meals or on the Fresh & Free Additions list, so bon appetit!