A healthy immune system uses inflammation to protect the body from microbes, viruses and other threats and as such contributes to good health.

However long-term persistent inflammation may contribute to the development of or exacerbate some forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Researchers believe these forms of arthritis may occur due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Treatment focuses on preventing permanent joint damage and remission.

Selfcare is an important part of the treatment plan and includes maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.

Leafy greens, whole grains, fresh fruit (particularly tomatoes) and nuts are recommended as part of the ‘anti-inflammation diet’.

Because sprouted grains, seeds and legumes are higher in nutrients than the mature vegetable, they are an easy way to add nutrition. There are many different types of sprouted seeds with different flavors and textures, and they can be used in different ways; in wraps, sandwiches, as garnish, as sides or salads, stirred into sauces and sprinkled on soups. They are a great option for people who are tired of eating ‘boring’ salads or boiled cabbage.