Inflammation Information


Inflammation is part of the body’s innate healing response. When an area of the body is damaged, the immune system releases a cascade of products to start the healing process (you might feel this as a warming of the area). This is what we call inflammation.

The fact that our immune systems are so efficient is usually a good thing. However, if inflammation sticks around for long enough, it can become the new problem.

If there is low-grade direct or indirect irritation somewhere, the red, hot swelling doesn’t calm down after the acute trigger has subsided. Instead, it calls in more immune fighters, generating more heat until eventually all the cellular violence begins to harm perfectly healthy tissue in the surrounding area. This type of perpetual inflammation can affect fat cells, joints, skin, arteries and organs.


An allergic reaction is part of the body’s inflammatory response, so any food you are allergic to becomes an inflammatory food. In addition, many of the chemicals produced by the body to trigger an inflammatory response are made from a type of fat called arachidonic acid (AA), which is found in very high amounts in milk products and meat. Avoiding these foods can help to reduce inflammation.


On the flip side, there are compounds in certain foods that can help to switch off inflammation.

The most well-known of these are curcumin (in turmeric), quercetin (in red onions), oleocanthal (in olives), bromelain (in pineapple), vitamin  C (in berries and broccoli) and sulphur (in eggs, onions and garlic).

As the body produces oxidants as part of the inflammatory reaction, antioxidant-rich foods are also likely to be anti-inflammatory. Colourful foods (such as beetroot, blueberries, strawberries,watermelon, tomatoes, carrots, mustard, turmeric, broccoli, avocado, asparagus and other greens) all help to reduce inflammation and thus allergic potential.

Taking supplements containing these can be far more potent than eating the foods. Whereas red onion, for example, contains 20 mg of quercetin, there are supplements that provide up to 500 mg, and that can have a significant anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect.


Why and how inflammation drives chronic disease in some more than others is currently a hot research topic. It could be a genetic predisposition, or exposure to toxins like tobacco smoke, certain food intolerances or even high blood pressure. It’s usually a combination of both genetic and lifestyle factors.


Inflammation is at the centre of every chronic illness. For example…

*ASTHMA is an inflammation of the lungs.

*Arthritis is  an  inflammation of the joints.

*An inflamed brain contributes to ALZHEIMER’S in susceptible people.

*CANCER genes can stimulate an inflammatory response that triggers cancer.

*Inflammation of the arteries (caused by sugar) can lead to DIABETES and OBESITY.

*Inflamed arteries are a primary cause of HEART ATTACKS and STROKE.

Because inflammation drives chronic disease, it’s important to tackle it at source.

              EAT                  AVOID                 
  • Red onions 
  • Milk
  • Garlic
  • Meat
  • Turmeric
  • Wheat
  • Mustard
  • Coffee
  • Green veg
  • Sugar
  • Beetroot
  • Alcohol 
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Butternut
  • Oily fish




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