By Anna Hazard
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Part 1 - Arthritis & Inflammation - Foods to Avoid
Part 3 - Arthritis & Inflammation - Other Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Inflammation within the body is caused when the immune system attacks substances deemed foreign to the body. This is necessary for preventing illnesses, treating injuries, or healing wounds (such as when the lymphatic system uses an increased blood flow to bring white blood cells to an injured area) Chronic inflammation is caused when inflammation persists long term due to the immune system attacking normal healthy body cells. This has been linked to many diseases and ailments such as arthritis, Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, and Parkinson's
Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, allergies, smoking, genetics, the environment, and especially diet has been linked to triggering bouts of inflammation and greatly increasing the chance of developing a variation of chronic inflammation. However, some foods are known to reduce the risk of inflammation due to their chemical make-up and the presence of antioxidants, polyphenols, essential fatty acids, and other known anti-inflammatory elements.