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posted Jul 20, 2016, 9:11 AM by Amanda Bontempo
I often write about the effects of system-wide inflammation and how diet can influence our ability to control this detrimental chronic state. I’ve also written about the power of anti-inflammatory foods, many of which are nature’s potent pain relievers. Though we have every intention of making healthy changes to our diet, we often fall back on familiar staples. Anti-inflammatory food items abound market shelves, we just need a discerning eye to identify them. They often taste better and can also make a big difference for your body. Try some of these simple swaps for a pain-relieving pantry.

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Balsamic vinegar: There’s nothing inherently bad or harmful about balsamic vinegar. In fact it tends to be one of my favorites but many brands are actually "condiment" balsamic vinegar, which is little more than white vinegar, caramel color and added sugars. Other seemingly quality or artisanal brands or varieties still have added sugar, corn syrup and coloring.


Raw apple cider vinegar: The fermentation process in raw apple cider vinegar creates beneficial bacteria and enzymes that reduce inflammation. Look for "cold pressed" brands with sediment at the bottom. Use in marinades, salad dressings or even create a daily tonic by added two tablespoons to eight ounces of water.

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