6 Ways to Fight Inflammation | Reader's Digest

6 Ways to Fight Inflammation

Follow these tips and stop the inflammatory process in its tracks.

By Michael F. Roizen | MD from Reader's Digest | March 2008

It’s been blamed for just about everything: Alzheimer’s, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, infection, cancer and more. These simple steps may help fight the destructive inflammatory process in your brain and body.

     

  • 1.

    Baby asprin.

    Ask your doc about taking a daily baby aspirin to keep arteries open and help increase blood flow to the brain.

  • 2.

    Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

    Include omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, turmeric, rosemary and plenty of cruciferous veggies in your diet. A bit of red wine or dark chocolate may also help.

  • 3.

    Floss daily.

  • 4.

    Reduce sugar intake.

    Cut back on sugar (high amounts of the sweet stuff cause inflammation — and weight gain).

  • 5.

    Walk for 30 minutes a day.

     

  • 6.

    Reduce stress.