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"Studies show sugary beverages like soda are associated with a spike in inflammatory compounds, like C-reactive protein (CRP), which appears to be a factor in heart disease," Bauer says. "And check out this staggering statistic: A soda a day can increase the risk for heart disease by 20 percent, according to one  study."
Inflammation Rx:Instead of soda, sip on some water, tea, or coffee–"just go easy on the sugar!" Bauer adds. "But if you're looking for a fizzy fix with built-in anti-inflammatory compounds to ease aches and pains, try my healthy Cherry Soda." Why cherries? A March 2015 article in Food Technology noted the many reported health benefits of eating tart cherries, which include anti-inflammation in cases of arthritis and gout, better sleep, and better sports-injury recovery.
Refined carbs found in "white foods" are highly processed and stripped of their nutrients. Eating them can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which has been associated with an increase in inflammatory proteins called cytokines. "As for a regular white bagel, it is equivalent to four slices of white bread—sometimes even more!" Bauer says.
Inflammation Rx:Instead of a bagel full of refined carbs, bite into one or two slices of whole-grain toast. It's smaller in size, lower in calories and carbs, and contains fiber, which helps control insulin levels, makes you feel fuller longer, lowers cholesterol levels, and normalizes bowel movements. In fact, a small 2012 study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that a diet rich in slowly digested (aka high-fiber) carbs greatly reduced markers of inflammation associated with chronic disease in overweight and obese adults.
"French fries, fried chicken, fried shrimp—these are foods we love, but they don't necessarily love us back," Bauer asys. "That's because they have been shown to contain advanced glycation end products (AGEs), toxins that trigger inflammation in the body." It's true—2014 concluded that limiting AGE intake may lead to a decrease in inflammation and chronic diseases.
Inflammation Rx:Instead of eating fried foods, oven-baked versions of your favorite foods are great substitutes.
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