About The Diet
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an irritant. Chronic inflammation leads to pain, tissue damage, and is an underlying cause of many diseases including:
- Autoimmune disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The following dietary changes may help to alleviate inflammation within the body.
- Aim to eat 80% alkaline-producing foods and 20% acidic-producing foods. Refer to acid-alkaline diet for food list.
- Eliminate inflammatory foods such as refined products, saturated fats (meat and dairy), alcohol, and caffeine
- Reduce foods with a high allergy risk including dairy products and grains containing gluten
- Include foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as deep-sea cold-water fish (mackerel, herring, sardines, and salmon), green-lipped mussels, nuts and seeds
- Include vitamin C rich foods including all fruits and vegetables, especially broccoli, capsicum, berries, and citrus fruits. These foods have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the body.
- Eat pineapple between meals. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Include flavonoid-rich berries, including cherries, blueberries, and blackberries, which also have an anti-inflammatory action.
- Increase your intake of antioxidant foods to counteract the effect of free radicals caused by inflammation within the body. Antioxidant-rich foods include blueberries, cherries, garlic, green tea, broccoli, red wine, and grapes.
- Include herbs such as ginger, garlic, chilli, and turmeric in your diet. These herbs have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
- Drink herbal teas including ginger, chamomile, and green tea all of which have an anti-inflammatory effect