Excessive inflammation can cause an array of problems, including

(1) pain

(2) biomechancial breakdowns in movement patterns that can lead to future injury and

(3) chronic inflammation. 

The general population does not enjoy pain for pain’s sake, so we commonly seek out ways to reduce pain – and most do this by taking NSAID medications.

 

Doctors of Chiropractic are trained in natural methods to address inflammation while balancing inflammations inherent value to healing. Chiropractors help tissues recover quickly using hands on methods designed to maximize short-term and long-term function.

 

But what if your own dietary choices are working against you?

At Thrive Chiropractic, we like to compare the inflammation that affects our health to a bank account. The various lifestyle choices we make are either “deposits” or “withdrawals” from this bank account. Our body is affected by each deposit or withdrawal we make. Some foods are pro-inflammatory (cue refined sugars, refined grains, processed carbohydrates..) and others are anti-inflammatory (vegetables, fruit, Omega-3 oils). The more we eat or “deposit” anti-inflammatory foods, the healthier we will be.

Pro-inflammatory foods are like withdrawals which eventually lead to chronic inflammation and disease, depleting our health account. Where as consuming anti-inflammatory foods will help decrease inflammation levels resulting in an improved health bank account. Just like anti-inflammatory drugs combat the inflammatory cycle, pro-inflammatory substances in our diet can predispose our bodies towards inflammation.

Please consider what foods you choose for yourself (and your family) at the dinner table, at the restaurant, and at the grocery store.  Your body will thank you… and reward you, amply.

Sources of Omega-6 Fatty Acids (“Bad Fat”):
• All grains
• Cereals
• Flour products
• Most processed packaged foods
• Soybean oil, peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, and cottonseed oil
• Grain- and corn-fed domestic meat and eggs from unfit and/or obese animals

Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (“Healthy Fat”):
• Most fruits and vegetables
• Kale
• Swiss Chard
• Chicory
• Collard Greens
• Most oily fish
• Omega-3 eggs
• Meat, chicken, and eggs from grass-fed, fit animals

As patient, are you looking for temporary relief, or long lasting changes? You can take charge and make the beneficial changes to your diet that may help with longer term relief and prevention from pain and stiffness.

You may be surprise to discover how well you feel by avoiding foods that your body prefers not to eat. Like the main character in “The Princess and the Pea,” sometimes you don’t realize how much one small thing is bothering you until it’s gone.

A great resource to expand on these ideas is Shay Klomp Bueters from “Contagiously Healthy”.

The purpose of this blog post is to provide an introduction to the topic of Nutrition and how it affects your health. If you would like additional information, please contact our office at Thrive were we offer a complimentary 15-minute consultation in which we can discuss the source of some of your pain and discomfort, identify possible origins – like inflammation.

 

Our next blog: An interview with Shay Klomp Bueters from Contagiously Healthy