Anti-inflammatory Diet

This information is sourced from Natural Cures

The Standard American Diet (SAD), high in fat, high in red meat and high in processed foods is likely to increase inflammation. However, switching to a healthy anti-inflammatory diet made up of organic, fresh, whole foods that contain the right type of fats (Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in cold water oily fish, walnuts, flax and pumpkin seeds), staying away from the starchier carbohydrates, and avoiding sugar, for example, will impact pain and inflammation in a positive way.

Following an anti-inflammatory diet (and reaping its numerous benefits) doesn't have to be difficult. Shopping and eating the anti-inflammatory way can be a snap if you remember some very simple starter steps:


  • Fresh is best, and buy organic whenever possible! Take advantage of local produce stands or farmers' markets - a good choice for organic, fresh, regional and seasonal foods.
  • "Eat your colors."  Picking fruits or vegetables from every hue in the rainbow. Some vegetables for each color could be:
    • White/Gold:  Cauliflower, garlic, onions - can also include different grains such as oats, rice, millet and quinoa.
    • Blue/Purple:  Eggplant, purple cabbage, blueberries, plums.
    • Green:  Lettuce, dark greens, broccoli, green beans, avocados.
    • Yellow/Orange:  Oranges, bananas, carrots, yellow squash, sweet potatoes - can also include different seeds and nuts such as sesame, sunflower, and almonds.
    • Red: Tomatoes, red peppers, red apples.
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