If you're suffering from chronic pain and inflammation, try looking into your fridge, rather than your medicine cabinet, to help reduce discomfort. "When we have excess inflammation, it causes damage to the cell walls. When the vessels leading to and away from the heart inflame, they take on a rough texture, and with that texture, it allows bad cholesterol to stick," says Gina Sunderland, a Winnipeg-based registered dietitian. Here are five anti-inflammatory foods to work into your diet.
"The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help lower the inflammation in our bodies," says Natalie Brown, a registered dietitian in White Rock, B.C. Brown suggests having fish such as salmon as a main course for dinner a few nights a week or at least in your lunches; try salmon salad for a twist on the usual tuna on white.