If you spend time searching online for health and diet tips, you’ve probably come across the anti-inflammatory diet. Based on the simple idea that the foods you eat can decrease inflammation in the body — and consequently reduce your risk of certain diseases — this style of eating has, not surprisingly, become one of the most talked-about diets lately.

What is the anti-inflammatory diet?

The anti-inflammatory diet isn’t one specific diet. It’s really a scientifically based way of eating that optimizes your health by bringing more nourishment to the body. The basic premise behind the anti-inflammatory style of eating is simple: When you add nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients — plant-based compounds — you decrease inflammation.

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