Inflammatory Foods and Arthritis
There has been enough buzz in popular media these past few years that you may have run across an article linking certain foods with arthritis and inflammation in the body. While it’s a good sign that the connection between foods and body conditions are being publicized, it seems like only part of the story is being told. Everyone’s body is different and the cause of inflammation in one person might not be the cause in another.
Inflammation happens because the body is not breaking down food as it is supposed to. The body stores sugars that it can’t break down and they get stored in the joints and show up as aches and pains. Pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints could be diagnosed as arthritis or you may just recognize these symptoms and are dealing with them as best you can. Either way you could be taking drugs right now that aren’t doing anything to alleviate your condition, and might be doing harm to your body.
Common medical treatment for arthritis and body pain is often a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” or NSAID for short. Many NSAIDs can be purchased over the counter and you might have them in your house right now. NSAIDS include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and some prescription medications. These drugs cause over 30,000 hospitalizations each year, and some deaths as well. Even at normal doses, people with compromised kidney function can develop a toxic condition or put themselves at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to the FDA.
The best course of treatment for joint pain and arthritis is to get at the root of the problem and identify the foods that are causing sensitivities. Our Standard American Diet (SAD) contains many potential triggers for sensitivities. For some people, it could be grain foods like bread and crackers; for others it could be dairy foods or sugar. It can even be a combination of these. Nutrition Response TestingSM is a proven method for tracking down the exact foods that are compromising your health and start you on the road to better health with a customized nutrition plan.
The best reason to treat your arthritis with improved nutrition is because there are no negative side effects and no risk. In fact most patients find that in addition to dramatic alleviation of pain, other areas of their health also improve. If you could ease your aches and pains, get better mobility, better sleep, improved mood, glowing skin and hair, more energy and possibly lose some weight – would you do it?
Yes! Get started today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lisa.