Inflammation is a natural body reaction to irritants, but too much inflammation can lead to serious problems, including joint pain, allergies, intestinal issues, and autoimmune diseases, which also can affect the joints.

You would have to live in a cave to avoid all sources of inflammation, such as sugar, saturated fats, toxins and infections. But you can reduce inflammation in your body now by eating a diet rich in the following foods:

#1 Raisins

Berries have a strong reputation for fighting harmful free radicals in the body, but remember that raisins can work too. Snacking on these wrinkled snacks can reduce some markers of inflammation, especially TNF-alpha.

#2 Beans

Beans are an excellent source of phytonutrients, which are strong anti-inflammatory compounds. Soy beans, however, have  been singled out in recent years for reducing the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. This is excellent news for both the joints and the heart.

#3 Salmon

Salmon does cost more than most animal meats, but it is such a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, you definitely should visit the fish counter each week. It is better than plant-based sources of omega 3, which cannot be processed as efficiently. All you need is a teaspoon of fish oil per day to give you enough omega-3, so try to eat a salmon steak once or twice per week, and also supplement with fish oil.

#4 Basil

Do not forget to hit your spice cabinet when you are making a meal that is healthy and anti-inflammatory. Many herbs and spices are full of antioxidant phytonutrients. Some of the best include turmeric, oregano, and dried rosemary, but these are strong tasting spices so you will not be able to use more than a sprinkle or so per meal. Basil, on the other hand, is tasty and can be eaten fresh in fairly large quantities.