The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast: #19: Eat for Inflammation with Dr Jenna Macciochi

Today we have Dr Jenna back with us – this time to talk about Eating for Inflammation – you might wonder why I have an immunologist here to talk about inflammation – that will become very clear throughout our conversation.

In today’s podcast we talk about inflammation as a concept – why it’s becoming so popular in the medical literature and why it’s so relevant to a host of different medical specialties.

Today we cover the following – you can listen to the podcast here.

  • What do we mean by inflammation?
  • The benefits of inflammation
  • Symptoms of inflammation imbalance
  • How we measure inflammation
  • Stopping the inflammation triggers
  • The microbiome and inflammation
  • Obesity and inflammation imbalance
  • Sugar and inflammation

If I was to summarise our conversation in a dietary way of life – it would be the Mediterranean diet.   As we alluded to in our conversation, the Mediterranean diet is known to be anti-inflammatory, and now you have an understanding of what we mean by anti-inflammation.

Inflammation isn’t something that we need to radically remove entirely, its use in human biology needs to be understood.  But in the context of our modern lifestyles we are usually out of balance.

If you have a copy of my new book – Eat to Beat Illness – make sure you check out the page where I have a diagram looking at what is pro and what is anti-inflammatory in our modern world.



‘What happens if it tumbles over into something that’s not acute – it hangs around and falls below the radar, you don’t get those classic signs of inflammation, you don’t have the redness and swelling and heat, you haven’t got a fever 24/7 but there’s something smouldering below the surface – that’s what we call chronic inflammation’

If you haven’t listened to the first episode that we recorded with Dr Jenna – Eat for Immunity – I highly recommend that you do.   In that episode we go into a little bit about Dr Jenna’s background, where she’s from and how she’s come to this understanding of food, lifestyle blended with the science and why it’s so important for the health and wellbeing of our population.

In summary, the easiest way to have an “anti-inflammatory diet” – is by eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables.  Having quality fats from nuts, seeds and fish oils is absolutely key to getting that nice balance of fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.

And as I’ve talked about before, Fibre is also super important from the perspective of inflammation and other medical specialties.

Looking at your stress levels is another key factor in inflammation- we cover this in the podcast with Dr Rangan which I’d highly recommend you listen to.   Looking at re-setting your stress levels, particularly in the morning is a very important thing to do and can be really beneficial.

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