Foods & Inflammation

If you have ever attempted a diet, you know that changing your diet can come with some unexpected side effects. In high school I tried the Atkins Diet (or at least my take on it) and was stunned that eating almost exclusively quarter pounders with cheese (without the bun) somehow lead to me dropping almost 30 pounds in just a few months. This weight, of course, came right back as soon as I rekindled my love affair with pasta, but it led me to discover: what you put in your body matters. There are plenty of fad diets to choose from: eating for your body type, eating for your blood type, juice cleanses, no/low carb (including Paleo, Atkins, South Beach and Keto) and Whole 30 just to name a few. The question is, how do you know what’s right for you? Simple: your body will tell you by the way you feel.
Here at Indigo, we focus not only on beauty, but also on wellness, because we believe that when you look better, you feel better. So this blog post is the first of four blogs focusing on altering your diet to use the food you eat to heal, not harm. This is not about weight loss, or the way your body looks, but about how your body feels. Whether you’re looking to boost your immune system for flu season or just reduce your aches and pains, we’re here to provide some guidance.
While researching foods that cause inflammation, I was extremely surprised to find out all the different ways that inflammation affects the body. Asthma, skin issues such as psoriasis, joint aches and pains, and even your gut health are all affected by inflammation. Just as surprising are the long list of foods that can cause, (and some that can help), these issues.

Help Harm
Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel Artificial Trans Fats
Olive Oil Vegetable and Seed Oils
Dark leafy vegtables Processed Meat
Avacado Processed snack foods
Coconut Desserts, such as cookies and candy
Green Tea Excess alcohol
Almonds and walnuts Sugary Drinks
Beans and lentils Excessive carbs
Olives White bread

Not all inflammatory foods are bad for you, though. Night shade vegetables are a known cause of inflammation. This can include white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, cayenne pepper, paprika and more. These foods are especially detrimental to people who suffer from arthritis.
If you deal with inflammation, we have some other remedies as well. Lots of essential oils can help reduce the effects of inflammation. Thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot can all reduce inflammation, but frankincense is the real powerhouse. It can get pricey, so finding a blend or balm (such as Yoga Balm, $48) is an excellent way to get all the benefits without the hefty price tag.
Massage is also a great way to rid your body of inflammation and toxins. We encourage you to try our new massage therapists Monica and Toni, who will work Yoga Balm and other essential oils into your customized spa service.
Stay tuned for the following blog posts about how to use the food you eat to heal your body.

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