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Fight inflammation with food
Give your body protection with fiber, good fats, whole grains, and omega-3s.
Inflammation is the body's response to an infection, injury, or some other stimulus that the body perceives as harmful. It can be helpful at first, but over time chronic inflammation can damage tissue, joints, artery walls, and organs. Fortunately, there are many healthy foods that can help lower inflammation in the body. "We focus on increasing fiber, whole grains, good fats, and omega-3s," says Debbie Krivitsky, director of clinical nutrition at the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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