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Food, diets, and eating get more attention in popular culture today than any topic imaginable. Bookstores and magazine racks are crowded with publications hawking magical” foods that can make us look and feel better. Proper nutrition is one of the most important building blocks of good health. If your nutritional habits are not rock solid, you cannot be 100 percent healthy.

The foods we eat directly impact the weight we place on our joints and spines, the strength of our muscles, the amount of inflammation in our bodies, and the health of the blood that travels through the vital organs like our hearts, brains, and livers. Food should never be an afterthought! Instead it should be an ongoing opportunity to cleanse your systems of harmful toxins and inflammation, while taking in plenty of the right nutrients.

Don’t eat more calories a day than you burn in a day. You can use the Mayo Clinic’s Calorie Calculator to get a rough idea of the number of calories you need to burn daily. It’s on their Web site at www.mayoclinic.com.

These simple steps create an anti-inflammatory diet:

  • Eliminate the white menace: sugar and foods made ofreal flour that is quickly converted into sugar. Read labels and watch out for high fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid excessive salt. Premade meals and fast foods are usually pretty salty, so if you avoid them, your salt intake will automatically subside.
  • Throw out processed foods. This will help you stay away from Tran’s fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other sources of empty calories.
  • Reduce your dependence on caffeine for optimum mental and physical performance.
  • Drink clean water.
  • Never skip breakfast, and eat about six small meals per day.
  • Have some protein with each meal.
  • Make foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in place of foods high in saturated fats.