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Inflammation is a normal response by the immune system. When used properly, it can aid the healing process. However, more often than not the immune system attacks healthy cells. The immune system is confused over the cells and components that are good and bad for the body and acts thinking that it is doing you some good.

Some irritants can also cause inflammation of the skin and areas of the body like the digestive system. When our bodies do become inflamed, there is excess pressure placed on the nerves. Circulatory systems are narrowed, and the brain is told that there is a problem. Pain is the body’s way to tell you to stop doing what you’re doing.

Of course, when you’re otherwise healthy, you don’t want to stop. You know you’re not doing anything wrong.

So, you need to find a way to get rid of inflammation. While there are over the counter medications, you can use your diet to your advantage. It’s time to put together the perfect anti-inflammatory shopping list with this ultimate guide.

Organic vs. Non-Organic Food

Before we start putting together the food that you need to eat, let’s look at the organic vs. non-organic debate. If you can buy organic, this is the type of food that you want in your diet. It doesn’t matter if the food is fresh, frozen, liquid, or anything in between.

Organic food is created without any additives. There are no chemicals to help it grow bigger or antibiotics used in the sources that will pass into you. No pesticides are used to protect from animals, and there are no harmful toxins that will affect your body. In short, organic is completely natural and fresh, giving you all the benefits of the nutrients without the harmful extras.

The problem with organic is that it tends to cost more. If you want to keep the cost down, it can be worth taking a trip to a farmer’s market. Talk to the farmers to find out about the types of chemicals or preservatives they use in their vegetables and fruits.

You can also take a trip to the fishmongers or a butchers’ shop. While the animals may never have had antibiotics, the type of food they get will affect your diet. Cows raised on grass only are healthier than those raised on grain and other foods, for example.

With that in mind, it’s now time to look at the best foods to add to your anti-inflammatory shopping list.

Follow the Mediterranean Diet

One of the best diets to follow for an anti-inflammatory diet is the Mediterranean one. This incorporates foods that are full of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. These types of nutrients are the elements that reduce inflammation within the body. They send off the right signals to the immune system, supporting it and preventing it from attacking healthy elements in the body.

The omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants also help to protect the cells. Cells naturally die or become damaged over time. When you get the right diet, you can prevent free radicals from getting in and changing the makeup of the cell structure when the cells repair and grow back.

Another major benefit of the Mediterranean diet is the move away from processed junk food. The Med diet is all about wholesome and natural foods. This links us back to the discussion about the organic foods. It’s important to get away from food with preservatives and additives that are harmful. Focusing on a diet of our ancestors will be better.

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