Do you usually have headaches, back pain, neck pain or general muscle and joint soreness? Or do you regularly take pain medications? These may be due to inflammation. We all experience inflammation two various degrees and you may think it’s bad because it’s something associated with stiffness, aches, and pains. In fact, inflammation can be both good and bad.
Acute Inflammation is actually a good thing since it is part of our body’s natural healing process. When our body is injured, it helps bring healthy white blood cells, proteins, and other components to the site of injury to protect and heal the damaged area. Acute Inflammation should only last for a few days, but anything longer than that is considered as Chronic Inflammation, which is a sign that our body is not healing properly and can bring a negative impact on our overall health. This type of inflammation may lead to atherosclerosis, musculoskeletal degeneration, cardiovascular disease, etc.
So how do we develop Chronic Inflammation?
1. Poor diet and food allergens.
Some of the major causes which can be reversed by simple changes in lifestyle. Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible to lower levels of inflammation:
- Bread, pastries and other sources of carbohydrates
- Fried foods
- Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
- Red meat and processed meat like hot dogs and sausages
Consider having an anti-inflammatory diet to help your body fight inflammation. Consume these foods that have antioxidant activity, detoxifying activity, hormone-regulating activity, and nutrient density.
- TURMERIC- its active component called Curcumin exhibits profound anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for the prevention and treatment of arthritis, depression, heart disease, cancer and more.
- BERRIES – provides antioxidants called Anthocyanins that help our body produce more natural killer cells (NK cells) to boost immunity and reduce inflammation.
- LEAFY GREENS – get more of those inflammations-fighting phytonutrient from Kale, Bok Choi, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and others.
- GINGER – one of its active components called 6-gingerol provides potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This provides relief for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and migraine.
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – EPA and DHA found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies and sardines reduce inflammation that can lead to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney disease, etc.
- GREEN TEA– has high epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) content that helps reduce inflammation and risk of Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and others.
2. Misaligned spine.
This contributes to reduced athletic performance and increased risk of injury. Your spine is the key to your health. That is why it is important to optimize your spinal structure and neuro-behavior. Compromised spinal structure and neuro-communication and behavior patterns are detriments to every aspect of health. Make sure your spine is strong, healthy, and well aligned. Try to diminish curvatures and maximize disc spaces. Check if your joints are flexible and that your nerve system is responding to the now and not past stresses and events.
Contact us for a complimentary consultation to learn more about the integrity of your spine and see if you’re a candidate to optimize your spinal structures and neurobehavior, it’ll contribute to every aspect of your function and quality of life.