It has come to my attention that many people, including several of my patients, didn’t know certain foods can cause inflammation and other foods can help decrease inflammation. Today I will talk about foods to avoid at times you have an acute injury, have stress,and to prevent inflammation at all times. First of all, many people are intolerant to proteins in wheat and dairy, which if consumed over time with or without knowing you have an intolerance may cause chronic inflammation in the body.
I will first cover the inflammatory foods and what to avoid:
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (Some hidden foods that contain high HFCS are some, not all of the following):
Yogurts, breads, cereal bars, boxed macaroni and cheese, applesauce, salad dressing, peanut butter, jelly, cereals
3. Refined Grains
4. Dairy ( mik, cheese, ice cream)
Now there are several types of things you can consume which are anti-inflammatory:
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
One cause of inflammation in the body is an imbalance in the consumption of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Most people get enough Omega-6 from nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. They actually need more anti-inflammatory Omega-3’s such
as salmon, trout, halibut, tuna, flaxseeds, walnuts, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers.
Some of these items are in garlic and onions as well as non-citrus fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, papaya, apricots, cherries, plums and watermelons.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Some spices to include in your diet are: ginger, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne
5. Green Tea
Most Importantly reduce your stress! Reducing your stress can promote anti-inflammation. Also, as you begin eating anti-inflammatory foods you will most likely feel better and be able to deal more effectively with daily stress. The best piece of advice I can give you on this matter is to read the ingredient labels on the food you eat. Look for and avoid items such as sugar, enriched wheat or flour and high fructose corn syrup.
I really hope this information helps some of you and your questions with foods to consume and to avoid during time of pain and inflammation.
If you are ready to take care of your spine and your health or just want more information please contact me today! Once again, you can live without chiropractic care, but you can live a much better life with it!
By Dr. Dana Laridaen, D.C.
Dana Laridaen, D.C. is a Chiropractor. Need a Santa Monica Chiropractor? Consider a visit to this Santa Monica Chiropractor, Dr. Dana Laridaen, D.C. at www.o2chiropracticandwellness.com