Anti-Inflammation Foods?!

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Hi, my name is Nicole and I am the new office bee at Red Leaf Clinic. I’m thrilled to be here! What a fun, dynamic world of herbs and natural healing.
I recently learned about the inflammatory diet. I have gout, which is classic inflammatory arthritis. It’s painful and has been a chronic nuisance in my life for over 20 years.
I learned recently that avoiding certain foods and eating plenty of healthy foods can help with inflammation. 
The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help With:
Digestive Problems: Constipation, IBS, Diarrhea and Heartburn
Allergies and Sinus Issues
Hormonal Problems: Painful Menstruation, Migraines
Frequent Colds and Flu
I want to experiment on myself. Anyone else out there interested in trying the anti-inflammatory diet with me? I plan to follow the diet, share recipes, post what works, and if/when the gout disappears. I have gone through 100’s of jars of black cherry juice over the years in an effort to minimize the inflammation, and it’s helped maybe a little, but the rest of my diet needs a kick in the pants. I guess black cherry juice and pizza cancel each other out?
Okay, some science-y stuff about inflammation, brought to you by The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book:

Inflammation is the first response by the immune system to infection or irritation.

Acute Inflammation: “Inflammation needed to help heal acute trauma, abrasions, broken bones, or acute invasion of a foreign substance such as bee venom from a bee sting.”

Chronic Inflammation: “An ongoing, low level of inflammation, invisible to the human eye, that usually occurs as a response to prolonged acute inflammation or repetitive injuries. [It is also] associated with many diseases.

Foods that help decrease inflammation:

  • Pineapple
  • Fruits & Veggies
  • Garlic, Ginger & Turmeric
  • Most Nuts & Seeds, except Peanuts
  • Flaxseed Oil–not heated too high
  • Filtered Water

Foods to avoid:

  • All Animal Milks
  • Commercial Eggs (organic okay)
  • All Wheat Products/White Flour
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Peanuts/Peanut Butter
  • Red Meat/Pork
  • All Animal Cheeses
  • Potatoes-Red & White
  • Breads
  • All Fruit Juices
  • Any Processed Food
  • All Caffeinated Teas, Coffee
  • All Corn Products
  • Tomatoes
  • All Dried Fruit
  • Fried Foods
  • Alcohol
Shoot me now! This does not look fun. Yikes….. No cheese? Grape juice? Coffee? Okay, disclaimer: If I follow the rules of this diet and give up my one vice, coffee, you might have to shake me awake at the front desk. Deal?
I just found a recipe that might make all this doable. Oh. My. Goodness.
10-Minute Avocado Soup
“Easy to make, tastes great, and fills the stomach on a cool night.”
2 medium ripe avocados
2 cups almond milk
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
Mash avocados in a pan. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir well until mixed fully. You may use an electric beater or blender for this step. When the soup is well mixed, heat just enough to serve. Serves 4.
Hello blender. Goodbye Domino’s.


(The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, Jessica K. Black, N.D.)

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