Is an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Right for You?

You may have heard people mention anti-inflammatory diets. So what are they, what are their benefits, and should you be following one?

While people certainly choose DietBet and StepBet in order to look their best, there is a lot more to health than losing weight. One way in which people can slim down while also improving overall health is by adding anti-inflammatory foods to their diets.

Inflammation is a bodily response that causes reddening, swelling, and other symptoms, and it’s completely necessary and helpful when our body needs healing from injury or disease. However, unnecessary inflammation is harmful to the body, and can be triggered by certain foods. For instance, research shows that sugars and foods high in saturated fats can cause inflammation we don’t need. On the other hand, foods that reduce inflammation can help fight disease and make you feel better overall.

According to Harvard Health, these foods are good examples of anti-inflammatory foods:

  • Tomatoes (though a persistent myth actually says that tomatoes cause inflammation)
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach, kale, collards, and other green leafy vegetables
  • Almonds and walnuts and other nuts
  • Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits, including strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

If a food isn’t on this list, it doesn’t mean it’s bad for you! But if you are looking to change up your diet in the hopes of both increasing overall health and losing weight, incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods (and avoiding those that cause inflammation) could be a smart move.

Not sure what to cook? Check out these recipes:

Sauteed Collards with Garlic

Super quick and simple, and contains a double whammy of anti-inflammatory ingredients: the collard greens and the olive oil!

Easy Strawberry Sorbet

A 2-ingredient recipe that is just as gorgeous as it is delicious.

Almond-Crusted Salmon

This Whole 30-approved recipe is simple, delicious, and packs a triple anti-inflammatory punch with salmon, olive oil, and almonds.

Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pasta

An easy, vegetarian weeknight dinner that will please everyone at the table.

Make it WayBetter

Is there one place in your diet where you can substitute in an anti-inflammatory food and see if it helps you feel stronger for your StepBet or shed pounds in your DietBet? Many of these foods are delicious and already a part of a healthy diet!