An inflammation is a stereotypical immune system defense response to an attack, such as an infection, a burn, an allergy or a micro-organism.
From a naturopathic perspective, because an inflammation is often a normal immune system reaction, it is less important to reduce the inflammation than to resolve the cause of it. Therefore, except in the case of trauma, an inflammation always has a reason for occurring, which must be eliminated in order to permanently stop the inflammation. An inflammation is often caused or exacerbated by food which is overly acidifying (see section on Acidosis), as well as by food intolerances.
Eliminate all processed foods, simple sugars and saturated fats. Eliminate nightshade plants (e.g. eggplants, bell peppers, potatoes and tomatoes). Eliminate refined sugars and natural sugars, such as fruit juices. Eat protein at every meal and make sure your lunch and dinner consist of 50% to 60% vegetables.
- DC 25
- DC 22 or DC 37
In the case of an intestinal inflammation, it can be useful to temporarily cut back on fibre, which can be an irritant. To do this, only consume cooked vegetables or vegetable juices in order to determine which ones exacerbate the inflammation.
- Check for food allergies and intolerances (see our article on Food Allergies).