Dos and Don’ts for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet


Inflammation is something that we all deal with, some worse others. Whether you’re fighting a low grade infection and are battling mild swelling or redness, have arthritis, or are just sore after a hard day of work, what you eat can affect how you feel. Here are some things to consider for your next Gerrity’s visit.

DO eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

Strive to consume fresh foods, especially fruits and veggies. The more colorful the better. Think blueberries, strawberries, colored bell peppers, etc. And green leafy vegetables are great, too.

DON’T eat fast or fried foods.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of fried food every now and then, but try to avoid regular intake of fried chicken or French fries.

DO go for omega-3 fatty acids.

These are the “good” fats. They reduce inflammation and may lower the risk of heart disease. Aim for foods like fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines), walnuts, and flaxseed.

DON’T eat saturated fat. 

Try to avoid things like butter, shortening, lard, and cream. Instead, try the low-fat options in your Gerrity’s dairy aisle.

DO drink purified water.

Removing contaminants like chlorine from your drinking water can help reduce inflammation. You may also want to sip a cup of white, green, or oolong tea, which include antioxidants.