The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
If you've experienced everyday aches and pains, there's good news. What you eat (and what you don't) has a direct correlation on the inflammation your body experiences. The same inflammation that causes arthritis and joint pain can cause other diseases, too, so it's imperative you choose your diet mindfully. The best foods to fight inflammation can actually be found in the Mediterranean Diet which is heavy on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and seafood. Inflammation leads to more health issues than people would believe. Even major diseases like Parkinson's, chronic heart conditions, Alzheimer's, and even cancer are influenced by how much inflammation is in your body. Short and long term effects of inflammation are evident when poor eating habits are maintained. The aches and pains your body experiences as well as fatigue and being more prone to illness like colds and the flu are results of inflammation, too. If you don't know where to begin regarding following an anti-inflammatory diet, start with the foods that are already on the "bad" list including transfats, sugar, and simple carbohydrates like refined grains. Foods that are more readily accessible and available like Lunchables- packaged, processed foods are going to be the worst choices and consumption will lead to inflammation. The chemistry list on processed foods is just that- chemistry and not real food. Alcohol in moderation and limited amounts of red meat are also recommended via the Mediterranean Diet. Animal fats contain arachidonic acid which is a pro-inflammatory food and should be limited. For a complete overview of your body and the individual approach you should take on your diet, contact Williams Integracare Clinic for an appointment. Tune in as Michael Milbauer, D.C. explains the impact your food choices have on your body's inflammation and the effect it has on your body.