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Anti-inflammatory foods

Anti-inflammatory foods

Here’s 4 anti-inflammatory foods and easy ways to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory foods aren’t always easy include in our daily diet so we’ve picked out the best swaps to make as well as pro-tips like avoiding sugar… and gluten and dairy too!

Is sugar free anti-inflammatory? What’s inflammation exactly? Follow us as we answer these questions here. 

Osteopathy and nutrition: ligament sprains and muscles strains produce inflammation. So WHAT CAN WE ACTUALLY EAT to support our body’s in-built healing process?
Here are 4 anti-inflammatory foods to eat for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Our bodies produce inflammation or release inflammatory markers a response to stress or ‘foreign invaders’.

4 Foods to Relieve Pain

1. JERF. And if you can’t eat enough fruit and vegetable daily consider taking them like this.  Just eat real food Avoid process food – hydrogenated oils ++sugar & salt -contribute to inflammation / joint pain.

Processed food

anti-inflammatory foods

4 anti-inflammatory foods

PRO-TIP: If we just eat real food rather than processed food we’re over half way there! Anti-inflammatory food doesn’t come out of a crisp packet. Foods that are as close to their natural form as possible are really the best kinds of anti-inflammatory foods. Even if it’s not coming from the farm directly, we can try to reduce pesticide and chemical fertiliser content. Follow us for tips on how here. 


Swap this for this. Ketchup and other condiments for real spices or real foods, e.g. turmeric, Liposomal Curcumin
Ginger, ground pepper corns, cayenne pepper, tamarind etc…

PROTIP:Liposomal Curcumin /Resveratrol can remain in the blood for longer, at a higher concentration. And unlike many commercial supplements in varied delivery systems, liposomal delivery is exceedingly safe. Liposomal Curcumin/Resveratrol is made with only natural non-GMO ingredients



turmeric uses

turmeric uses




2. Inflammatory markers:
C-reactive protein (CRP) Especially with high CRP levels, you want to do everything possible to reduce inflammation. Turmeric (and probiotics according to studies)

Acute inflammation is your body’s appropriate response to infection or trauma. You’ve experienced a sore throat, rash, hives, or a sprained ankle.

But inflammation should do its job and then leave. With allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, or asthma, an overactive immune response and chronic inflammation can slowly wreak havoc. Eventually this can lead to illness and rapid ageing. Your CRP levels should be less than one. Anything higher provides a giant warning sign that you have hidden inflammation.

4 Foods Relieve Pain

3. Choose high quality protein sources. We cover plant based protein sources here. If you’re going for fish remember it’s 2-3 portions weekly and see the golden rule. For eggs, fish, poultry and meat remember the golden rule: pastured, free-range or grass fed. Why? Because we are what we eat and what what we eat eats!

4 Foods Relieve Pain

4. Alcohol — 1 ounce / 1oz distilled spirits daily. 5 oz wine or 12 oz beer for women and double for men. Soft drinks — swap soft drinks for unsweetened ice tea. Cheers!

Manuka honey vs raw honey

Manuka honey is simply honey made from one specific plant – the manuka tree. This tree is found in New Zealand. Consumption of manuka honey may offer antibacterial benefits for the health of the digestive system which sugar alone cannot, but research is limited for this.

Raw Honey Health Benefits

Raw honey is honey that hasn’t undergone any heat processing. The resulting ‘raw’ or uncooked honey product leaves the vast majority of bio-active compounds intact.

What’s in raw honey?

Raw honey will contain a much greater variety of bio-active compounds than regular honey. Often these are in a much greater quantity than even manuka honey.
As raw honey can be made from any plant, the quantity and variety of plant derived compounds is very variable. However, bee derived compounds will be much more consistent in their presence and quantity. One such compound is a peptide called bee-defensin, which exists in 2 forms (bee defensin-1 and bee defensin-2), and is a natural part of the bee-hives immune system. This peptide is a known antibacterial agent. Consuming bee-defensin is thought to help promote digestive system health and the immune system, although conclusive evidence is limited.

4 Foods Relieve Pain: Other compounds found in raw honey include a number of polyphenols. For example: caffeic acid and catechins (which are also found in green tea). These polyphenols are known to exert antioxidant properties on the body.

These polyphenols can help the body protect against a range of ailments which are associated with oxidative damage. A number of these compounds will also be in manuka honey, and possibly generic honey. However, they’ll generally be found in higher quantities in raw honey.
NB. The high sugar content of all honey, although it may contain beneficial compounds that can promote our health, will still have an impact on our levels of insulin.


DID YOU KNOW? Our joints and our gut – therefore also our brain! – function best when we eat a diet rich in whole grains. But what about gluten – does this cause inflammation in our gut? —– FAST FACT -> You can find and eat wholegrain gluten free food so if you’re following a gluten free diet you don’t have to miss out on the healthful benefits of wholegrains!


6 Reasons: Osteopathy, Nutrition and health

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Functional Osteopathy

Knightsbridge and Chelsea Osteopath Susannah helps optimise professional performance. HOW? Physical therapy techniques unique to osteopathyFunctional osteopathy treats the body as a whole.
How we move is our dynamic posture. Osteopathic techniques with a focus at Susannah Makram Clinics enhance two things: form and function.  We do this to capitalise on our body’s unique inherent strength.
We do this to optimise health. PRO-TIP: Don’t ignore warning signs.

SAFE. CLINICAL. PRACTICAL. EFFECTIVE. Does it always include functional nutrition? 

In London our modern lifestyle means chronic back pain and chronic health concerns recur. —->>>  Why?

Is it stress? What makes us tired all the time? Get stubborn belly fat, skin conditions and poor hair health?
Can  functional nutrition boost performance by a notch after osteopathy?


When’s the best time to have osteopathy?

“Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.”

Posture and Health

What does being healthy mean to you? Total body wellness or simply feeling balanced? Form and function. The best way to visualise these two things is via our posture. Our posture and health are interconnected.

Are you fatigued at work? Bloated or experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of stress and anxiety? Chest pains? Feel like you cannot breath properly, you have aches in your joints? Poor posture can lead to an impairment to blood flow through the chest. This strains the blood vessels below the chest to produce a weakness in blood flow to the brain and cause fatigue (Orthostatic intolerance).

Nutrition and health

An internal chemical and hormonal imbalance sets us up for illness. One example can be seen in this study linking Low Immune Function and Intestinal Bacterial Imbalance to the Etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis. There’s a case for diet and lifestyle alone to be a potential cause of non specific chronic lower back pain. Osteopaths look to treat the cause of pain or disease. Our training includes studying the pathophysiology of disease. Inflammation must exist for a reason. Pain, therefore, must exist for a reason. Put simply, poor posture from lower back pain or an injury we are accommodating for leads to our disrupted patterns of healthy:

(i) breathing (ii) digestion (iii) sleep (iv) responses to nutrition  (v) respones to stress

osteopathy, nutrition

osteopathy, nutrition

Osteopaths are highly competent healthcare professionals, recognised by the NHS. Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems. Osteopathy, nutrition and lifestyle change support is health optimisation. How are you feeling?

Osteopathy, Nutrition

The Missing Link In Functional Care. A clinical background in Osteopathy Matters. 6 Reasons – Osteopathy, Nutrition.

  1. Osteopathy seeks to find dysfunction. All the while we’re examining and treating the body as a whole.
  2. Using our understanding of disease pathophysiology and pain pathways are the greatest diagnostic tools of the osteopath.
  3. Correctly identify the cause or causes linked to why you are seeking nutritional therapy to begin with are the only way to deliver the correct therapy or therapy as treatment.
  4. “You can have inflammation without pain, but there is no pain without inflammation”. One cause of pain is metabolic. A type or stage of inflammation indicates a homeostatic imbalance. Both osteopathy and naturopathy adhere to the principle of helping to create the right environment. This is for optimal homeostatis (balance). It means the body will heal itself, as it does in nature. We help this bodily process to happen to the best of its ability.
  5. Clinically, common tests to diagnose inflammation are erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), white blood cell count, albumin levels (and other biomarkers). These tests are nonspecific. So, an abnormal result might be from a condition unrelated to inflammation. With osteopathy, nutrition and lifestyle as a means of optimising health, it’s important to know about this. Recognising signs and symptoms of acute, sub-acute and chronic inflammatory process, for example. Also, being able to interpret laboratory reports thus, is unique and invaluable for healthy weight loss results, unexplained fatigue etc.
  6. Our hormones have a complicated relationship with our Central Nervous System as well as our Cardiovascular Systems.

Functional testing in osteopathy, nutrition

Conventional medical testing will usually produce a result only when you’ve developed a disease. Often you may feel ill long before there is a “measurable pathology” – you know something is wrong but your tests keep coming back clear. Sound familiar? 

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