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It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including heart disease, arthritis, and even many cancers. Even conditions such as gastrointestinal, asthma, acne, and depression have been shown to improve when following an anti-inflammatory diet. We all know inflammation on the surface of the body as local redness, heat, swelling and pain. It is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response, bringing more nourishment and more immune activity to a site of injury or infection. But it is when inflammation persists or serves no purpose, that it damages the body and causes illness. Many lifestyle factors can contribute to inflammation, from stress, being sedentary, poor diet, genetics and exposure to toxins like secondhand smoke. Learn what foods are causing inflammation and what foods and supplements you should begin taking now to reduce inflammation in the body. Learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks.