Chronic inflammation can be linked back to a number of illnesses that plague millions of Americans each year. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s and multiple forms of cancer are just a few of these sicknesses that can that can be complicated by a continuous surge of inflammation.

While inflammation is often looked at negatively, it does play an important role in the body’s natural healing process. Identifiable to the everyday person as swelling, redness or pain, inflammation works to travel the body’s needed nutrients to the place of injury or infection to in order to begin healing it.

When it comes to managing chronic illnesses, diet plays an important role in regulating inflammation. A poor diet can complicate chronic illnesses with the overabundance of sugars, fatty acids, trans fats and gluten.

Are you uncertain about what to eat to help regulate your chronic illness? Below is Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. For more information on serving amounts and sizes, click here.

 

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