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by Ellen Landauer
Inflammation diet to reduce pain and improve health: most articles I see on this subject do not get to the heart of the matter.
PHOTO BELOW: Raw butter, cream and hand-crafted cheese from pasture raised cows: excellent foods for increased health!
Many sites do not even list the worst items to consume - though they commonly said not to eat sugar and candy (duh!) - but said it's fine to eat fruits and grains (mostly sugar with a little fiber mixed in).
To get that subject out of the way, here are the foods that assuredly will make everything worse: Sugar, alcohol, any processed food, pastries, sweets of ANY kind (yes, even honey, maple, stevia or carob, etc.), and commercially-grown anything. All the above are very addictive. In addition, compounds in drugs (street and pharmaceutical) are also problematic in this regard.
NOTE: ALL processed foods (yes, even 'health' foods) contain chemicals such as MSG and related compounds that so overstimulate and inflame your taste buds and brain that by comparison, wholesome foods are almost tasteless! Add to that brain damage over time...who needs that?!
Inflammation diet articles contain a lot of misleading information. For example, I found most articles promote the following foods as anti-inflammatory:
- Leafy greens like kale and spinach
- Walnuts, almonds and other nuts
- Fruits such as citrus fruits and berries
- Whole grains and beans
Spinach is FULL of OXALATES! Oxalates form crystalline structures like shards of glass which can enter any organ or tissue in the body, causing irritation and pain. Other very high-oxalate vegetables are beets, carrots, chard, soy, olives, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, potatoes, celery. Interestingly, olive OIL contains very little oxalates. Foods containing oxalates are best not eaten - or at least infrequently eaten!
Raspberries, blackberries, figs, currants, concord grapes, kiwis, and tangerines are on the very high oxalate scale. Oranges, pineapple, apples, peaches and pears are among those on the moderate oxalate list. Interestingly, blueberries are very low in oxalates (but high in carbs).
ALL NUTS are high oxalate foods! One site also stated that 'nuts have a kind of healthy fat that helps stop inflammation,' - not even specifying the kind of fat - and this is a medical site!! Wrong again; nuts are very high in omega-6 fatty acids that contribute to making such conditions worse! Cashews, almonds, walnuts and peanuts are some of the worst offenders.
Tomatoes are moderately high in oxalates. Not only that, but they contain solanase - the same compound that is found in larger amounts in potatoes when they turn greenish due to light exposure. Solanase consumption can contribute to painful arthritis and cause arthritic pains in those who are susceptible.
Soy, including tofu and soy milk, are sometimes also recommended. Soy is one food NO ONE should eat!
PLEASE - see my article on the dangers of soy.
An inflammation diet should NOT include the above foods.
Another thing the highest-ranked inflammation diet articles do not mention is - what ELSE is in the recommended foods which will aggravate the body? NO distinction is made about GMO foods, toxic pesticides or chemical 'fertilizers' used in food production. What almost all of the high-ranking articles DON'T mention is a critique of food sources and agricultural practices.
For example, many articles suggest fatty fish such as salmon is a good food for an inflammation diet. But wild salmon has a much healthier nutrient content than farmed. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are cited as good on an inflammation diet, which I agree with. Farmed fish, however, have too much omega-6 and too little omega-3.
ALL farm-raised fish are to be avoided on an inflammation diet (should not be eaten by healthy people either). They are commonly fed grains, treated with antibiotics, and live in dirty, crowded conditions under stress. When you eat such fish, you are consuming toxic chemicals and compounds created by their stressful living conditions. Often, farmed fish become diseased, as well. Who knows how many diseased fish are among those sold to consumers?
Even wild-caught fish usually contain mercury and other toxins - it is rare for fish these days to be sufficiently toxin and disease free.
The best options I know of to obtain omega-3's and other beneficial nutrients are organic pasture-raised fatty meats and the ONLY fish oil I ever recommend, harvested in one of the most pristine places in the world - the waters off the northern tip of Norway.
Dr. Frank Shallenberger unequivocally states: 'Carbs are inflammatory.' And - 'I regard ALL carbs to be like chocolate cake.' High-ranking articles promoting an inflammation diet that includes fruits apparently don't want you to know this.
My personal experience unequivocally supports Dr. Shallenberger's comments about carbohydrates. The less carbs I eat, the better I feel. Customers and coaching clients commonly tell me they feel better eating a low-carb diet.
PHOTO ABOVE: Grass-fed beef steak.
Red meat and saturated fats are considered taboo by popular articles. However, they do not mention anything about farming practices.
I agree that red meat, indeed ANY food that is conventionally raised does NOT belong on an inflammation diet. The GMO grains eaten by conventionally raised animals are also inundated with glyphosate (weed killer) and other chemicals. Therefore these foods will exacerbate symptoms.
However, pasture raised meat does not pose this problem. Assuming it is eaten rare to medium-rare, it is a healthy food for most people. Saturated fats found in grass-fed meat and dairy contain considerably more omega-3 fatty acids than do conventionally raised factory-farmed animals.
Pasture raised meat, poultry and dairy are generally a plus on an inflammation diet.
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
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