The anti-inflammatory diet works well, especially as it eliminates nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, nicotine). As someone who has also suffered in the past from chronic inflammation and sore joints, muscles, etc - I can also personally recommend the following:
- Take a good fish oil supplement, twice a day. Liquid form is best, such as Nutra-Sea oil from Ascenta.
- Get plenty of omega-3s in your food. From wild caught fish (even canned wild Arctic red salmon, herring, sardines), to avocados, nuts and seeds - there are plenty of choices. Avoid peanuts (they aren't really nuts anyhow, they are legumes).
- Avoid trans-fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarines and shortenings. Use a good olive oil for salads and low-temperature cooking, and a virgin coconut oil for higher-temperature cooking.
- Avoid all processed and manufactured foods. Stick to whole foods, or at least foods with ingredients your grandmother would have recognized.
- Eat carbohydrates with a low-glycemic load. This will mean that the majority of your carb intake will come from vegetables, and to a lesser extent, fruit. Try and eliminate or at least cut down on grain consumption. Wheat and gluten are especially problematic, but all grains contain pro-inflammatory lectins.
- Eliminate sugary drinks. Water, green tea and herbal teas are your best choice.
- Choose organic produce where possible and look for quality, traditionally-raised meats and poultry.
- Supplement your diet with a good anti-oxidant vitamin formula. There are some specific immune support formulas that are excellent too; consult your natural doctor.
- Try incorporating ginger and turmeric into your diet. These are known natural anti-inflammatories.
- Finally, I also suggest taking a good probiotic (at least for a few weeks) to ensure that your stomach is rich in good flora. Bio-K is readily available in health food stores and some supermarkets.
Best of luck!
Response by Greg Carver