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Ditching the SAD diet & reducing inflammation one fork-full at a time

The Standard American Diet (shortened to the tragically-appropriate acronym SAD) practically guarantees inflammation.

The food most Americans eat is full of pro-inflammatory compounds, yet lacking balanced nutrition and anti-oxidants that combat inflammation. We’re talking about refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour (which are nothing short of poisons for the body), as well as many of the unhealthy fats and oils, commercial dairy and hydrogenated oils found in most restaurants and prepared foods regardless of price point.

In balance, inflammation truly is the cornerstone of our immune response. But due to diet and lifestyle many of us become chronically inflamed which is not at all a good thing. 

Inflammation is a root cause for many chronic conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Neuro-degenerative Diseases
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Digestive Distress & Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Food Intolerances and Allergies
  • Osteopirosis
  • Diabetes
  • Even Cardio-Vascular Diseases and Cancers

World-renowned doctors, including Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mark Hyman, advocate living an “anti-inflammatory” lifestyle.

A great place to start is what we put on our plates.

By choosing anti-inflammatory foods we begin to support

  • rebalancing the system
  • regulating the immune system
  • and healing on the cellular level

So, while there are powerful elimination diets that can re-boot the system – we can also address inflammation by ADDING anti-inflammatory foods into our diet.


Here is our list of the top 13 foods to add:


Green Leafy Vegetables — Rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health
Celery — balances blood pressure, cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease
Beets — Their deep color indicates the powerful vitamins and minerals they contain. Chock full of antioxidants for cell repair, plus high levels of magnesium and potassium – a super food for vegetarians
Broccoli — the potent antioxidants in broccoli lower oxidative stress and helps reduce chronic inflammation
Bluberries — slow cognitive decline, improves memory and motor function
Pineapple — improves heart health, high in Vitamin C, B1 and that hard-to-find Manganese
Salmon — preferably Wild Alaskan, this fish is an incredible source of Omega-3s which reduce inflammation and lower risk of chronic diseases including cancer, arthritis and heart disease
Walnuts — the brain food, full of Omegas and manganese, protect against metabolic syndrome and type 2 Diabetes
Coconut Oil — research has shown the lipids found in coconut oil heal arthritis
Chia Seeds — heart helpers! Rich in Omega-3 and -6 which reverse inflammation
Flax Seeds — again with the omegas! But beyond that, also rich in detoxifying fiber and phytonutrients that aid in hormone balance
Turmeric — studies have shown this root to be more powerful than asprin and ibuprofen as an anti-inflammatory. Add the powder to everything or use the root for tea
Ginger — breaks down accumulation of toxins in the body, lightening the load of the immune system


Bon Appetit!