EMB #133: Reducing Inflammation 1

Reducing inflammation is the hot topic on today’s show on Exploring Mind and Body, and I wanted to cover this subject because it seems more and more people are dealing with not only inflammation but chronic inflammation which negatively affects our lives.  The more we know about how to reduce inflammation the better we are and the more we prevent inflammation the more proactive we can be in doing our best to avoid a painful or uncomfortable life.

I’ve asked Danielle Kot to come on the show and talk about this subject because she’s a nutritionist and councils clients with both food and lifestyle which is what I teach as well, so it was great to have Danielle on the show talking about food and healthy living as opposed to supplementation which is what most people would do.  A little more about Danielle:

Obstacles are merely bumps in the road that we must overcome in order to achieve success.  Danielle Kot has embraced this philosophy and has opened 3 Simply For Life clinics in Calgary and Airdrie. During this time, Danielle, teamed with their group of certified nutritionists, have seen clients regain their health and maintain healthy lifestyles through whole foods. At Simply for Life, Danielle takes an integrated approach with her client’s physicians and other health specialties.  We bring motivation, education, and personal experience to help others reach their health and fitness goals. 

Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Alive Certified Nutritionist/ AFPA certified Nutritionist
  • AFLCA certified Strength and Conditioning
  • Member of the Canadian National Track Team and 400m Canadian National Champion
  • World Champion Finalist
  • Bachelor in Business Management
Reducing inflammation with Danielle Kot

Reducing inflammation with Danielle Kot

Sources of Omega 3

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel
  • Heron
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds (ground)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds

Foods to Avoid

  • refined sugar
  • empty carbohydrates (white carbs ie. white bread, pastries, donuts, etc)
  • highly processed food (most packaged food)

Top 3 Reducing Inflammation with Herbs and Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger


When it comes down to it, living a healthy lifestyle is the answer to most of our health issues.  It’s no different when it comes to reducing inflammation; avoid processed foods, eat more wholefoods, and look to balance your omega 3 and 6 fatty acids by adding more foods with omega 3 in them.  And the last 3 tips on reducing inflammation with herbs and spices are key to reducing inflammation as well.

Personally I had no idea I was reducing inflammation by adding these spices in to my diet which happen on a daily basis.  Ginger added to tea or stir fry is fantastic, cinnamon goes in my morning rolled oats and turmeric goes in my smoothies but I’ll certainly look to add more of that into my diet.  I share that with you because you may be doing a good thing right now, you may be working toward a healthy lifestyle and not know it.  We don’t have to know what ever single thing does to improve our health but if we’re working toward a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis through trying new foods, guess and testing to see what works or what we like in the kitchen and making an effort to stay away from substances with ingredients we can’t read or pronounce; we’re doing a good thing for our health, and we may be be reducing inflammation and not even know it.

Thank You

I just want to say a quick thank you to Danielle for coming on the show and sharing information about this topic.  I very much enjoyed this interview, Danielle and I have talked a number of times and it’s certainly easier to interview someone you know.  And then with Danielle’s approach to nutrition and lifestyle, she talks in a way easy to understand so we can implement some of her suggestions right away.  I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did, if you have any questions please leave them below, if you get a chance I’d love a comment or rating on itunes and if you’re local to Airdire, AB and you’d like to get a hold of Danielle you can check out her website or call: 403-948-4424.

Thanks for listening and or reading, I always appreciate every chance you get to tune in.  All the best in reducing inflammation in your life!

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