5 Surprising Ways to Keep Inflammation in Balance

We all need inflammation -- the biochemical process that starts right at the cell level to fight damaging invaders. Just not too much inflammation. That's where diet and lifestyle choices come in, researchers say. Among the more surprising anti-inflammatory activities:

Consider an aspirin a day.

Aspirin and NSAIDs (Aleve) are anti-inflammatories. A daily aspirin curbed the incidence of cancer by more than 20 percent among those who took it, according to a 2010 study in the journal Lancet.

But the pills may have unintended consequences and aren't yet recommended for everyone. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting daily aspirin.

Drink red wine and green tea.

The single best alcohol type is red wine, thanks to its anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, including resveratrol. Men who consumed four or more four-ounce glasses of red wine each week had a 60 percent lower incidence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (although this research is preliminary).

Just . . . walk.

Regular exercise three to four times a week helps reset the inflammatory process. What you do doesn't have to be extreme, though; just make sure it's vigorous. Brisk walking is ideal.

Have lots of sex.

Orgasm is known to increase the production of antiaging hormones. And the workout involved in vigorous sex (see above) doesn't hurt.

Eat less wheat.

Even "100 percent stone-ground" wheat, the kind Americans have now been trained to favor, may not be helpful to the millions with undetected gluten sensitivities. Beware of wheat in crackers and other packaged snack products, too. Look for alternatives like millet, quinoa, barley, oats.

Learn more about the anti-inflammatory diet.


over 2 years ago, said...

Realizing the basis for various ailment and conditions I have, and that others I know have....and reading about (and listening to) ways to counter-act the presence of or increase of inflammation in my body. I was really surprised to read some of this...and found it to be VERY, VERY INFORMATIVE AND HELPFUL!


over 3 years ago, said...

Are daily headaches caused from inflammation? I live on the old Excedrin pills made by other companies. I take about 6 every day because of these headaches. I have fibromyalgia and have to deal with that but the headaches never go away, and I have no help for anything so to get help is out of the question. I have severe dry eyes. Thats taken care of. But, my neck is in terrible shape due to getting rear ended in car accidents as well as getting hit yrs ago in a domestic violent marriage. What can I take to help stop the headaches?


almost 4 years ago, said...

Finding out about Gluten.


over 4 years ago, said...

this simply wont work , how many people you cure so far with this program on the other hand my program manages arthrtis on a daily basis. and its nothing like you said . in simple terms one needs to manage calcium deposits no deposits no inflammation no deadly fungus no bacteria and no viruses that emmenates from within you ,


over 4 years ago, said...

I suffer from lower back pain for the past 3mths. Do wheat bread, which is the only bread I eat, not good?


almost 5 years ago, said...

I would like to know if something I already do for my acid reflux is also helpful for antiinflammatory effects. I steep flax seeds in warm water overnight and drink the water in the morning. I also drink about a tablespoon of cider vinegar before eating anything.


almost 5 years ago, said...

post encephalitis tips and tranverse myalitis (sp?)


almost 5 years ago, said...

This is a great article!


almost 5 years ago, said...

The clip was informative, it mentions the color of foods, which help prevent the anti-inflammatory condition.


almost 5 years ago, said...

The inflammation positive and negative factors and the means to regulate biochemical processes by means of exercise and food intake (Omegas 6s and 3s ) .


about 5 years ago, said...

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about 5 years ago, said...

Healthy food options were helpful.


about 5 years ago, said...

what about inflammation after operation? what's the best food to consume?


about 5 years ago, said...

Do you get the same anti-inflammatory benefits of resveratrol if you eat red grapes?


over 5 years ago, said...

Hi Anne, thank you very much for your comment! If you'd like to post your questions, you can do so in our Ask & Answer section, located here: ( http://www.caring.com/ask ). I hope that helps! Take care -- Emily | Community Manager


over 5 years ago, said...

Excellent information. I would be interested in learning tow things. 1. If someone cannot do 'vigorous' exercise, does gentle exercise such as stretching, yoga, or Pilates have any benefit? 2. Are you suggesting a gluten-free diet for everyone? Thanks! Anne Burnell http:://www.StrongerSeniors.com


almost 6 years ago, said...

Informative article.I would also add eliminating dairy which is a major source of inflammation (that's why it causes mucous). I would also add to eat lots of green leafy vegetables.