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5 Ways to Fight Inflammation

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Some forms of cancer can also be attributed to inflammation gone awry. Recent research indicates that inflammation plays either a leading or supporting role in many of the most common types of cancer colon, stomach, lung and breast. Chronic inflammation wreaks havoc in the body by creating an ideal environment for free radicals, rogue molecules that travel through the body leaving a path of destruction in their wake. If a healthy cell’s DNA is damaged by free radicals, it may mutate. As it continues to grow and divide, it may set the stage for a cancerous tumor. Free radicals stimulate inflammation and thereby perpetuate the inflammatory cycle.

Chronic inflammation alone won’t always spark cancer, but left untreated it may create a more hospitable place for cancer cells to thrive, according to Dave Grotto, director of nutrition education at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care in Chicago.

The good news: Unlike many uncontrollable risk factors for serious illness, such as family history of heart disease or living in a polluted city, chronic inflammation is something you can control and even prevent through diet and exercise. Here’s a closer look at how both can influence inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory Eating
Most foods either rev up inflammation or tamp it down. A diet high in trans-fatty acids, carbohydrates and sugar drives the body to create inflammatory chemicals. On the flip side, a diet heavy on vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids puts the brakes on the inflammatory process.

If you have an inflammation-related illness, such as atherosclerosis or arthritis, altering your eating habits may help you tame your symptoms, or even change the course of the disease. And if your genes or a sedentary lifestyle put you at risk for chronic inflammation, eating right may make the difference between staying healthy or drifting downhill.

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6:31AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

Thank you!

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6:31PM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Thank you Catherine and Megan for this very important information :)

3:46AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014


12:17PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

As much as the promote whole grains as healthy, many of the wheats developed since the late 1970s have an abnormal protein in them that causes problems, so if you're still experiencing problems, try dropping wheat from your diet and/or moving to heritage versions, such as Turkey Red. You'll be amazed what a difference in IBC, bloating and other problems you'll experience!

8:00PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Good to know. Thanks.

4:04PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

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5:48AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Past Member, thank you for this remark. The author is definitely sexist.

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5:49AM PDT on May 23, 2014

good info thanks

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