Food can be a potent ally in the fight against inflammation or it can be your worst enemy. You may have been surfing and landed on this Pinewood Natural Health Centre because you have heard all about how avoiding certain foods and eating others can help relieve chronic conditions whether it be such as muscle and joint pain, bowel problems and fatigue.
Avoid High Glycemic Starches
Foods that cause inflammation and therefore chronic pain tend to be those that contain a lot of high glycemic starches. Examples of these starchy foods mashed potatoes, puddings, pasta, white bread and cakes. Processed and refined sugars, flours and even some foods that you think are healthy like yams and beets can cause a chronic condition to persist.
High glycemic foods have the ability to destabilize your insulin and raise your blood sugar. The high level of insulin racing through your bloodstream as the result of eating these comfort foods can also raise levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), which puts your body in a state of physical alarm. If this happens daily your body can soon become chronically inflamed.
Foods that are ideal to eat because they do the triple duty of cleansing your system, blocking starches and sugars and healing your tissues are.
Apples: Apples are a versatile source of calcium D-glucerate that assists with is liver detoxification and estrogen balance as well as helps the body utilize the glucose properly.
Asparagus: These delicious spears are a rich source of glutathione that helps ward off inflammation and invading pathogens as well as keeps your waist trim by boosting your thyroid
Blueberries and Blackberries: Dark colored berries can satisfy a craving for sweets and are high in superoxide dismutase, which can help reduce oxidative stress in the body and reduce inflammation.
Flax seeds: Flax is high in alpha linoleic acid, which is a type of helpful Omega 3 fat. They also contain immune modulators that help prevent inflammatory reactions.
Fish: Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that help increase metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body. Shellfish however can cause inflammation in the body for some people.
Ginger Root: Ginger is a warming food that is high in arachadonic acid, which reduces pain and inflammation and helps boost your metabolic rate.
Turmeric: Turmeric is found in most curries and contains archadonic acid that can help reduce inflammation and kick your metabolism into high gear.
Not Sure Where to Start? Do These 3 Things!
You can help prevent inflammation by doing these three things:
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can irritate stomach walls and cause inflammation
- Stay away from refined sugars such as the type you find in candies, sodas, cookies and white bread
- Avoid allergenic foods such as wheat or soy that cause experience inflammation in the gut
Be aware that inflammation of any kind can slow down your metabolism but the worst cases of chronic inflammation are usually caused by the foods we eat. Before you blame the weather or age, make sure you have not eaten a food that provokes a reaction in your system.
For more information or to book a consultation about anti-aging, diet and weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Health Clinic website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewood.ca or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.