Inflammation is an integral part of the body’s natural immune response and can be beneficial to protect tissues, increase blood flow and support wound healing. When inflammation persists longer than necessary, it may hinder the healing process.

The anti-inflammatory diet is less about food restriction but instead details the foods that you can eat.  The aim is to increase antioxidant levels and dietary fibre while minimising or eliminating refined and processed foods and promoting a lower omega-6 to an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid.

While the focus of an anti-inflammatory diet is to promote the inclusion of anti-inflammatory foods, it may also limit some foods such as red meat, dairy foods, and wheat, so care must be taken to help support your transition and ensure all your dietary requirements are being met.

Like any significant change to your diet, it is essential to consult your healthcare practitioner to ensure an anti-inflammatory diet is appropriate for you.

Dietary changes may play an integral role in improving a person’s outcomes, and these adjustments often work well alongside medical interventions, supplementation, and lifestyle modifications.

No two individuals will experience symptoms and inflammatory conditions in the same way. Inflammation can range from mild to severe and acute to chronic, and people can share any range of symptoms including, but not limited to, pain, impaired function, poor sleep, stiffness, headaches, poor focus or loss of energy.

Many anti-inflammatory diets are influenced by aspects of the Mediterranean diet, which is predominantly rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and healthy sources of fats such as fish, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds. Well established research demonstrates that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have consistently lower inflammation levels than others with less healthy diets.

The Anti-inflammatory diet has similarities to the  Alkaline diet – 80% vegetables and fruit and 20% protein ( animal or vegetable source). This style of diet was promoted by Naturopaths over fifty years ago, mainly for those who had severe disorders or Arthritis. It was thought that the high amount of vegetables would help the body regain balance by ” alkalising the bloodstream”. We now know this Is not entirely correct but unknown at the time because fruits and vegetables contain anti-inflammatory compounds like flavonoids and polyphenols. These compounds have had a lot of research and show exceptional health-giving properties, especially for maintaining blood vessel integrity.



page2image3671913008FOODS TO AVOID AND ENJOY


Food Group




Refined flour and grains

Refined flours and grains, including white rice, Reduce gluten intake or eliminate if required.

Oats, rye, spelt
Gluten-free pseudo grains such as buckwheat or quinoa, as well as brown rice.



Table sugar, lollies/sweets, soft drinks or anything containing high-fructose corn syrup and sauces that contain sugar, chocolate, honey or maple syrup.
It is essential to keep your glycaemic load low.

Occasional small serves (1-2 pieces twice per week) of organic, raw, dairy-free dark chocolate

Fats and oils

Trans and saturated fatty acids from fried foods or deli meats, refined vegetable oils or products that contain vegetable oils such as mayonnaise and margarine

Increase consumption of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids  with chia seeds, flax seeds, and fatty fish and monounsaturated fatty acids  with avocado and olive oil


Cow, goat or sheep milk and yogurts

Eggs, coconut yogurt, nut milk (unsweetened)



Reduce red meat intake, choose lean cuts of meat, trim off visible fat, including chicken skin; avoid charred or BBQ meat.

2 serves fatty fish per week (wild-caught salmon and trout, sardines, and mackerel)—primarily plant-based proteins, including legumes, nuts, and seeds.


Fruit and vegetables

Solanaceae vegetables contain glycoalkaloids which reportedly affect intestinal permeability. Tomatoes, eggplants, white potatoes, capsicum, chilli

Antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits high in phytochemicals and flavonoids such as berries, dark green leafy vegetables, cabbage, garlic, onion, carrot, pumpkin, zucchini, broccoli, and sweet potato. Aim to include five or more cups per day.



Dried fruits

Enzymatic proteins papain, bromelain, mango, berries

Herbs and spices

Chilli/cayenne, paprika

Anti-inflammatory spices: ginger, turmeric


Coffee and alcohol

Green tea, herbal tea such as ginger or peppermint, turmeric lattes

page2image3713327600 page2image3713328192SAMPLE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET



Two-egg omelette with cashew cheese, shredded basil, baby spinach and mushrooms


A small palm full of mixed raw almonds, walnuts, pepitas, and sunflower seeds and a piece of fresh fruit such as an apple or pear


Two homemade chickpea and broad bean vegetarian patties served with 1⁄2 cup of cooked brown rice, rocket leaves, red onion, shredded purple cabbage, and sliced avocado drizzled with unhulled tahini and olive oil dressing


1⁄2 cup of coconut yogurt served with sliced banana and sprinkled with cinnamon and a turmeric latte


One piece of salmon baked with a sprinkle of fresh dill, lemon juice, and olive oil and served with 1⁄2 cup of sweet potato mash (infused with fresh garlic) and a side of steamed broccoli and green beans


2L filtered water sipped over the day and flavoured with lemon or lime slices, mint or cucumber slices

The above post was taken and modified from an Orthoplex blog. Orthoplex are a leading manufacturer of Quality Health Supplements only available from Practitioners

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