I have a kidney infection, not too bad, I can only feel it when I sit still for a while, then my lower back starts to hurt. Does anyone know what you should and shouldn't eat when you have a kidney infection? I have been eating: no cheese, meat, eggs, chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol, not much sugar or salt. And lots of: water, parsley, ginger, garlic, cranberry juice, beans, kefir, apples, (raw) veg, fruit, cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, cabbage, celery. I've been doing this for weeks but there is only very little progress. What am I still doing wrong? Infection is not the same as inflammation, though the first can lead to the latter. Should I eat only anti-inflammatory foods? Is inflammation always a bad thing? After all, inflammation occurs because your body tries to heal the infection. Confused and impatient - Annemieke Wigmore.