Inflammation is the immune system's defense mechanism in action. Acute inflammation is a desirable response to injuries and infections, but chronic inflammation, which can be present without noticeable symptoms for years, can lead to serious health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Accomplished vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett explains the differences between acute and chronic inflammation, details their specific health effects, and outlines simple lifestyle strategies to minimize the damage that chronic inflammation can cause. Since poor diet is the primary driver of chronic inflammation, your food choices can make a crucial difference.Bennett identifies the most health-protective foods that contain the highest concentrations of phytochemicals and other essential inflammation-fighting nutrients. You can effortlessly incorporate a wide variety of these power-charged foods into everyday dishes. Featured are 75 of her favorite recipes that offer a vast array of delicious, easy-to-prepare options.