Is Food Causing Your Body Pain?
How can an anti-inflammatory diet stop your pain?
There is nothing worse than waking up every day with aches and pains, no matter how much sleep you get. Inflammation of joints and muscles can leave you with immobility and make you feel much older than you really are. But recent research shows that chronic inflammation in your body can lead to serious diseases such as diabetes,heart disease, some cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.
There are a number of factors that induce inflammation such as,your activity level, the amount of sleep you get, the degree of stress in your life, and even the foods you eat. The things to remember is that all these factors are cumulative, which means they build up over time.
When you are younger, these levels of inflammation are so low you probably don’t even realize they are present. That’s because our bodies do a fairly decent job of controlling the inflammation, at least while we are young. Then one day you wake up in your 40’s and you feel that something is just not right. Then fear may set in about what can you do to help yourself?
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The first step is to get your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels tested. The C-reactive protein is produced by the liver. The level of C-reactive protein will rise when there is systemic inflammation in the body. Your doctor can order this test, only if you ask for it. You may have to demand the test, since most doctors are reluctant. It is a simple blood test that will be evaluated by your doctor. Since diet can play a large role in how much or how little inflammation you have, you may want these levels looked at by a registered dietician who can help you formulate an appropriate eating plan.
The most important step is to avoid process foods. They are very high in sugar, which also includes junk foods. Instead, choose fresh whole foods, especially anti-inflammatory varieties such as lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. But choose wisely, because many vegetables and pre-packaged “health” foods can actually work against you. Choose foods from my list below that indicates the “best” and “worse” foods in controlling inflammation:
Alaskan Salmon (wild)
Sugar, from any source
Eating the whole foods from column 1 will decrease inflammation. It is also wise to also include these other simple changes in your lifestyle to increase the detoxification of toxins that are contributing to inflammation and your pain:
- Maintain a healthy weight –One of the hardest things to do in life is to eat healthy today, whether at home or at a restaurant. But at the very least, you must try to decrease your intake of sugars and hydrogenated oils and increase your daily intake of fiber. You need to consume at least 35 grams of fiber a day.
- Get better sleep – 7 to 9 hours of sleep is a must for optimal health; getting enough sleep helps your body repair itself.
- Relax more often to lower stress levels – eliminating or at least controlling stress is extremely important in these modern times. Stress creates multiple conditions that age your body exponentially. Simple breathing exercises several times a day clears clutter from your mind, reduces cortisol from your bloodstream and helps you relax.
- Exercise on a regular basis – There is no “best” exercise, but regular exercise is important for several reasons. Our bodies are built for movement. As the old cliche says, “if you don’t use it, you’re going to loose it”. Movement keeps toxins from being stored in your tissues so your body can excrete them. Movement plays a vital role in metabolism and your ability to maintain proper body weight. And most importantly, it relieves stress.