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Is There the Perfect Diet to Reduce Anti-Inflammatory Pain?

Updated on January 5, 2021
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I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.


Can Diet Cause Increased Pain in Your Joints?

An orthopedic doctor I saw suggested a diet designed by Michael Klaper which is supposed to reduce the pain from arthritis. Almost 40 million people in the US and 350 million people worldwide have arthritis. I would like to know if anyone reading this article has tried any specific diet to reduce the pain from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or any other anti-inflammatory disease. The first two days of the diet you only drink celery and cucumber juice.

He also believes people with autoimmune disease have “leaky gut syndrome”. Dr. Klaper’s diet is quite strict, and I am not sure I want to try it.

Dr. Kalper's Diet

Sweet Potatoes Buckwheat
Cabbage juice
Celtic Sea Salt
Himalayan salt
All leafy greens
Celery/Cucumber juice
Fresh herbs - cilantro, mint, basil

Dr. Klaper states from day 2-12 you reintroduce the the listed foods above. If you are underweight you can add basmati rice, miso paste, orange juice and raw honey.

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.

--Jack Benny

Diet After 30-90 Days

Eat only the food listed above, then, after 12 days you can add some new foods slowly (every 48 hours, or preferably 72 hours), including pumpkin, millet, basmati rice, sushi rice, zucchini, yellow squash, cantaloupe, papaya, and lemons.

After 30 days you can reintroduce some new foods slowly, including potatoes, corn, honey, edamame beans, oatmeal, broccoli, cauliflower, and several fruits. After 90 days you can slowly add some nuts, beans and whole-grain bread. You will never eat meat, fish, cheese, eggs, or any milk product on this diet.

The Best Anti-inflammatory Food

Leaky Gut Syndrome

The leaky gut syndrome is disputed by some doctors, but Harvard physicians explain the leaky gut problem. There is 4,000 square feet of surface area in the gut lining of your abdomen. There is a tight barrier when everything is normal, but an unhealthy gut lining could have “large cracks or holes”. Obviously, this would allow toxins, partially digested food and bugs to leak into surrounding tissues.

They state that autoimmune diseases may be caused by this condition. Harvard states that there are no medical studies that show the cause and effect of this condition.

Dr. Kaplan states fragments of protein leak into the bloodstream, especially chicken, egg, milk and wheat proteins. He states this is an important factor for people with colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Whats Really Behind Leaky Gut

Inflammatory Diet Suggestions from Other Doctors

Fish has inflammatory-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, so several diet experts suggest 3-4 ounces of fish twice-weekly (particularly salmon, tuna, herring, and mackerel).

Soybeans (edamame and tofu) are also high in fiber and protein. Use avocado, safflower and extra virgin oil. Green tea is excellent as well.

Walnuts and cherries are often listed in these diets. Juices from oranges, grapefruits or lime are healthy choices. Low-fat dairy is acceptable and cheese is loaded with calcium and vitamin D. If dairy is a problem for you, try leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage spinach, etc. Beans, garlic, leeks, and nuts are listed on most of these diets. Brown rice, oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also acceptable.


Recommendations from Respected Foundations

Both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association both suggest eating 3 to 4 ounces or cold-water fish twice weekly. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries all have an anti-inflammatory effect. Coconut oil is also preferable to other oils, and it has become more popular recently.

Sugar is unacceptable on all diets. Honey or agave is a better choice. A glass of wine is fine, and turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb. A glass of wine or a beer may actually reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. So, studies have been mixed regarding alcohol consumption.


The doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back." Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!"

--Henny Youngman

In Summary

I think eating a healthy diet is important, but you must consider what type of diet works for you. I know many people are vegetarians, and live well.

I did try juicing vegetables and eating a vegetarian diet for 6 weeks one time. I think I did feel a little better, but I caved on the diet.

Dr. Kaplan’s diet doesn’t even allow fish! I eat a salad every day for lunch, and I do not use much salt. I cannot say I never eat processed foods. I think Dr. Kaplan’s diet is a difficult one for long term use, and the suggestions from some of the other physicians seem more reasonable. You can still almost be a vegetarian, but fish and lean meats occasionally sound better. I would really like to hear from anyone that has struggled with this decision.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi MG, This is not an easy diet but I believe it reduces that inflammation many have, which is painful..I appreciate your comments.

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    MG Singh 

    19 months ago from UAE

    Excellent article. Pain is something everybody experiences. Excellent suggestions on diet but I can say they are a bit not easy to follow. Your experience is vast. Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Eric, Thank you for your comments. Have a nice weekend.

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    Eric Dierker 

    19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I don't see how anyone could go wrong with this diet, maybe minor adjustments.

    You sure can right this articles well. I copied some of this unto word for review.


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Lora, I have lupus, and I didn't really get the connection between diet and my disease when I was younger. I just thought a balanced diet was adequate. I am sorry to hear about your sister.

    At least you eat a very healthy diet already, and I wonder if that is why your autoimmune disease is in remission. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Lora Hollings 

    2 years ago

    This is a great article, Pamela, as not only did you present Dr. Kalper's diet in a very clear and comprehensible format but because there are many people who suffer from inflammatory diseases and autoimmune diseases which diet can play a key factor in reducing the symptoms. My sister had rheumatoid arthritis and she died at a much earlier age had she not had this disease. However, she wasn't on a healthy diet and was on a very heavy regiment of medications. I wish that she had focused more on getting into a healthier diet as I do think that it would have at least slowed down the progress of her disease. I have an inflammatory disease but it's not arthritis and I only had to be put on steroids for 9 mos. in my life so far and the disease is now in an inactive state. But, I do really watch my diet. I cut out red meat many years ago but I do still have eggs and cheese- but in small quantities. I no longer eat poultry either but I do have fish now and then. Most of my protein comes from nuts and beans, however and I do eat a lot of the veggies on this list and fruit because the fiber is very good for you. Meat and dairy are not really very healthy for anyone but especially those who have inflammatory disease and if you are diabetic, I think Dr. Kaplan's diet would be a very good diet as well. I totally stay away from all processed foods as they are bad for anyone because of the higher fat content, sodium, and sugars that they often use in these foods. Processed meat is really bad as there has been a strong link shown between it and cancer. Thanks for this wonderful article that exposes people to a better diet particularly if you have inflammatory disease or if you want to reduce the symptoms and have a longer and more active life!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi RTalloni, You make a very good point. Every person has to take into account their health and any limitations they must consider. Grapefruit must be avoided if you are on cholesterol medicine also, and there are many more examples. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    2 years ago

    Thanks for this look at the diet and opening a discussion. So many things must be considered when we consider eating for our health. For instance, person taking thyroid medication needs to carefully examine whether they should eat cruciferous vegetables, if taking diuretics one might need to avoid celery, and taking blood pressure medicine often means no more grapefruit. We are using turmeric to help with inflammation but have learned that the recommended dose should be halved. Side effects of supplements are important to know even if they are "food".

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Audrery, It sounds like you are eating very healthy. One of my doctors told me to use tumeric, which I should have mentioned in this article. I like cabbage, kale, broccoli, and most vegetables, but stay away from french fries.

    Thank you so much for sharing my articles, and for your comments today. I am glad you enjoy my hubs.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    2 years ago from Pahrump NV

    All of these nutritious foods appeal to me. My favorite veggie is Kale. I eat this 5 times a week. I love cabbage too. Dinner today was baked Salmon and Kale with garlic.

    Using turmeric has reduced inflammation in my own body as well as those foods you've covered here.

    Thanks for this very helpful article. I love all your hubs and share most of them on one of my Facebook pages.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Maria, I agree that this diet is too restrictive.It sounds like you eat a healthy diet. I appreciate your comments, and I hope you are doing well. Love, Pam

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    Maria Jordan 

    2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Pamela,

    Henny Youngman's quote is hysterical and ever so true ... :)

    I agree that Dr. Kaplan's diet is too limiting for me. I have always believed in a good balance of foods. I do try to limit processed foods as much as I can.

    Thanks for another post packed with wonderful preventive suggestions. Love, Maria

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy, I agree that this diet is too strict and I am trying to not to eat processed food. I am trying to slowly change my diet for the better, and I have cut out sugar and some processed foods. I am not strictly following this diet and may not get that far. I apreciate your comments.

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    Peggy Woods 

    2 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I would find this strict diet very hard to follow. I do have arthritis and should probably try at least some of these suggestions. Thanks for writing this informative article. Pinning this to my health board.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Patricia, It is so good to hear from you and interesting to hear your a vegetsrian. I guess I will have to bit the bullet. Walk through the pain is a way of life. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Patricia Scott 

    2 years ago from North Central Florida

    I have returned to my veggie way of life and will try some of the suggestions the doctor has made Arthur is not friend of mine--when I walk I just keep saying--walk through the pain Take care of you Angels are on the way this evening ps

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Alyssa, I wonder if the teas and not much if any sugar didn't help your gradmother.

    The way you feel about living is identical to my husband. I don't think I would last on that very strict diet, but I do think I could be more careful. I don't eat many things with sugar, but I think I should stop and be move careful overall. Thanks for your comments Alyssa.

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    2 years ago from Ohio

    Very interesting article! Nutrition is important and I've heard a lot about how food can cause inflammation in the body. From the looks of it, this diet would definitely help reduce inflammation in the body, but it is very restrictive. I wouldn't be able to follow it. My thought has always been that life is short and we are meant to enjoy it. I wouldn't want to give up some of my beloved foods. My grandmother suffered from arthritis and osteoporosis. I don't remember my grandparents following a super strict diet, but my grandmother always limited her sugar intake and loved hot tea. Her favorite was Lipton.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    The only thing I have ever tried specifically for arthritis is turmeric tea and I think it works. Never heard of Klaper's diet, but it is healthy eating. Stick close to it, even if not accurately every day may still have benefits.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Rajan, I very much appreciate your comments. The feedback I am getting from this article is basiclly telling me I need to make a change in my diet. Thank you so much.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    What Dr. Kalper suggests is the closest to what naturopaths suggest one ought to eat. It is basically an alkaline diet made up of foods in their natural state, which is raw, wherever possible, and juiced green leafy veggies. Fasting is an inherent part of this lifestyle as well as colon cleansing by taking normal water enema if necessary.

    Disease is caused by an accumulation of toxins in the body which are suppressed by medication, or constantly taken in, by consuming wrong foods. I have seen lots and lots of people who have gotten rid of even chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and more and have completely gone off medicines which they took for years together.

    It does take a lot of guts to get into this lifestyle. It works.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Bronwen, I appreciate you sharing your diet experience while having RA. I hope you can stay healthy now and I am glad to know your diet works for you. Have a good week!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Clive, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments.

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    I've had RA since I was quite young; sometimes it almost goes away and then it has a nasty 'flare-up'. Once I read a book by a Chinese doctor and he recommended going back to just brown rice and steamed fish for a few weeks, then adding other foods one by one to find out which give a bad reaction. It was such good, helpful advice and if I stick to what I know does not cause problems, all is well. The FODMAP diet is also mostly good.

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    Clive Williams 

    2 years ago from Jamaica

    It is good to have a good diet of vegetables and fruits. But hemp works marvels.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Liz, You have definitely made some good choices. I imagine you will be healthy for a long time. I appreciate your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Pop, It soundg like you atr doing just fine, so why change anything? Thanks for stopping by.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I bet your garden provides some healthy food, plus it sounds like you are very active. So, you are doing all the right things. Thanks for your comments.

    Live to be a100 Bill!

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 years ago from UK

    I am with you on this. I also try to eat a healthy diet. With the BSE scare ovee beef in the UK many years ago and ongoing bad press for red meat I have cut down a lot. My diet is mainly poultry, fish and vegetables with a lot of salad and fresh fruit. I tend to go with the everything in moderation method.

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    2 years ago

    I try to eat healthy and I exercise. At my age I no longer have any interest in going to extremes.

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    Bill Holland 

    2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    All interesting, Pamela. I'm so darned healthy that articles like this seem to be in a foreign language for me. :) Sooner or later my time will come, but right now I'll just enjoying the good health I somehow inherited.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Chitrangada Sharan, I think you make a good point about the way something is cooking because frying a breaded piece of meat in a vegetable oil isn't healthy. I really appreciate your comments and opinion about eating healthy.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    A very useful and informative article!

    The diet definitely has an impact on inflammation. Time and again, I have found that it works, if I skip some food, or consume some particular food.

    I am not sure, whether non vegetarian food should be completely avoided, but how it has been cooked, also has an impact on inflammation.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Lady Cohen, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with your diet. I know sometimes nightshade plants are a problem, but I didn't know butter was acceptable. I eat broccoli frequentlym, rare in salads or cooked, so that is easy. I like yogurt and eggs as well. we slso use oli frequently. I appreciate so much the details of your diet as t is helping you. Thank you.

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    Lorelei Cohen 

    2 years ago from Canada

    I suffer from a rare autoimmune illness and there is no doubt in my mind that my diet works to help keep the flares at bay. It doesn't mean that I am healed it means that I am not in the severe pain that I was in before I started monitoring what I eat. I avoid beef but eat yogurt and eggs which are both very important items in my diet. I also eat a high antioxidant diet and consume broccoli at least 4 days a week. I use olive oil and butter as my oils. I avoid nightshade plants unless they are cooked, and am careful of the types of grains I consume.

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    2 years ago from USA

    I’ve found when I have tried vegan or raw vegetable diets, my MS symptoms have completely disappeared. Now my neurologist questions whether I have MS even though I has 12 brain lesions at one time. Now I have no clinical evidence of MS in my brain according to the MRI and my dumbfounded doctor. He wholeheartedly encourages me to continue eating a vegan diet but that’s a tall order. It like cheese.


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