CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In the body, we sometimes get what's called chronic inflammation, and it can hurt.
"It might be triggered by stress, a lack of exercise, being overweight, or environmental factors, like smog. All those things can trigger inflammation in the body" said registered dietitian Marisa Moore.
Moore says a person's diet can play a major role in reducing inflammation.
"Cherries... specifically tart cherry juice, has been known to reduce inflammation for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, so it actually helps to reduce pain," Moore stated.
Moore claims blueberries in particular have been indicated to lower blood pressure levels. Blueberries may also improve brain health, possibly aiding in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, she says.
Eating leafy greens is recommended, not only for one's waistline, but for their reputation in cancer prevention.
Moore also suggests consuming more whole grain foods, including brown rice and oatmeal.
Foods like fish and nuts are high in omega-three fatty acids, which also reportedly reduce inflammation.
"What's also important is maintaining a healthy lifestyle," Moore continued, "So that means reducing stress however you can, getting plenty of exercise, making sure that you get enough sleep, and really just enjoying your life that's what's most important."