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What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet and How Can it Heal You.


Following an anti-inflammation diet is essential for everyone’s optimum health. Inflammation in your body can lead to many kinds of chronic health issues. Your goal is to reduce the amount of inflammation through a special diet and exercise.

  • Eat larger portions of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables (never frozen, canned or processed) than meats or processed foods. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes in high density and are easily assimilated in the body. They also alkalize the body chemistry which in turn, reduced inflammation.
  • Minimize your consumption of beef, lamb and pork. Choose organically grown meat products when available. Include organic chicken, turkey and wild caught fish as adjuncts to your vegetable dishes.
  • Eat more dark, green, leafy vegetables such as chard, kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli and darker lettuce varieties, as well as cabbage and garlic, which all have been proven clinically to lower inflammation and fight cancer.
  • Eat less starchy vegetables such as potatoes, rice and beans.
  • Do not overcook your vegetables as they contain important enzymes needed for digestion. Once the enzymes are damaged from overcooking, it may become harder to digest food, thus leading to more inflammation.
  • Drink green tea and pure, filtered water. You may add freshly squeezed organic lemon juice to some of your water.
  • Reduce grains and meats to 20% of your diet. Increase organic fruits and vegetables to 80%.

Consume less or none of the following:

  • Dairy products from cows. Instead, try rice milk, such as Rice Dream, Almond Milk or a coconut milk product. You may use small amounts of goat and sheep cheese as a condiment.
  •  Sugar, sucrose, corn sugar, maltose, dextrose, brown sugar
  •  Gluten containing products such as whole wheat, kamut, triticale, spelt, rye, barley and semolina flour. There may be some gluten in oats.
  •  Coffee, caffeine drinks, sodas and black tea.
  •  Alcohol
  •  Red meat, Pork, Lamb
  •  Eggs from chickens that are not raised naturally. Most eggs are derived from chickens raised with hormones, antibiotics and are not range fed.
  • Salt and high sodium foods as it causes swelling from fluid retention.
  •  Fried foods, especially deep-fried, as the oils quickly go rancid.
  •  Desserts, muffins, candy, cake, sugary drinks, ice cream made with refined sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. This includes dextrose, saccharin, and aspartame.
  •  Foods with preservatives
  •  Corn products if you are sensitive to them
  •  Overly processed food
  •   Vegetables from the nightshade family(tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant if you have a sensitivity to them.

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Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

Your Family Chiropractic Health and Wellness Specialist
1725 State Street B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   (805) 687-1617  (805) 682-1365 fx.

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As one of Santa Barbara's long term chiropractors, Dr. Girard offers brief consultations by phone to determine if she can assist you with your health care needs. She will direct you to other practitioners if she cannot provide you with the health care that best serves you.