Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. The symptoms of inflammation are pain, redness, swelling and itching. Inflammation occurs when you have allergies, infections or injuries, anywhere in the body. Research has shown that the key to combating inflammation is in your diet!

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

• tomatoes

• olive oil

• green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards

• nuts like almonds and walnuts • fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines

• fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Foods that cause inflammation, Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

• refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries

• French fries and other fried foods

• soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages

• red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)

• margarine, shortening, and lard