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The anti-inflammatory diet aims to rid the body of the toxins and chemicals in most average diets and give the body the building blocks it needs to heal. Reducing inflammation could help prevent serious health problems such as heart disease and autoimmune disorders. Studies suggest that inflammation plays a role in many of the chronic health problems that increase with age. The anti-inflammatory diet is full of natural, whole foods that are good for overall health.

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1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Perhaps the most important component of the anti-inflammatory diet is fruits and vegetables. Because plant-based foods are a natural source of essential vitamins and minerals, they can deliver the nutrients we need without all of the calories. The best vegetables are dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, which are rich in nutrients and contain antioxidants and natural compounds with anti-inflammatory activity. For a sweet treat, eat a handful of antioxidant-rich berries or a potassium-rich banana. Salads don't have to be boring; top your greens with carrots, peas, onions, and more.

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