Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.

If you have an inflammatory condition, you’ve probably tried lots of things to reduce inflammation in your body. An anti-inflammatory diet is designed to do just that—and a growing body of experimental research supports an association between particular foods and the inflammatory disease process.

“Your gut system contains about 70 percent of your immune-system cells,” explains Carrie Lam, M.D., who runs an integrative medicine practice in Tustin, California. “These cells are in constant, daily contact with the food you eat. Once the immune system is triggered by inflammatory foods or bacteria within foods, or begins treating foods as allergens, inflammation results.”