Don’t add more fuel to the fire!
Many people don’t realize that consuming non-organic or highly processed foods can harm their body. There is evidence that many of the foods we eat can contribute to increased inflammation, resulting in painful conditions such as, fibromyalgia, arthritis, allergies, muscle pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders and cancer.
Pain is a warning sign that something is out of balance. Taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or running out to get cortisone shots or surgery may not always be the answer. Look at your diet! It may be one of the contributing factors that is causing your pain and inflammation.
Cause overheating and swelling of joint tissue.
Raise insulin levels
Increase cortisol levels
Creates chronic inflammation.
High amounts of sugar in the diet increase advanced glycogen end-products, or AGEs, a protein glucose molecule, which results in damaged, cross-linked proteins.
As the body tries to break these AGEs apart, immune cells secrete inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Depending on where the AGEs occur and your genetic predisposition, they could eventually result in arthritis, cataracts, heart disease, poor memory, wrinkled skin and even cancer.
Studies are showing that GMO, (Genetically Modified Food) products are linked to Leukemia and other serious illnesses. ( See Resources). Also; be careful where you buy your organic foods, because they are being sprayed with bacteria eating viruses.
BUY CERTIFIED ORGANIC!
Look for sustainable, local farms that treat their animals with respect where they graze and see sunshine. Where they eat natural food that they are supposed to eat, don’t need antibiotics to fight back infections, because they don’t get infections and parasites from their living quarters. Look for ‘certified organic food ‘and ask questions of the manufacturer about heavy metal toxins, toxic sprays, and known carcinogens.
If your experiencing pain, avoiding these foods can be the first step in decreasing inflammation:
Dairy with antibiotics
Sugar and Idaho Potatoes.
Vegetables containing pesticides
Genetically Modified Foods
Hormone injected animal products
Highly charred or smoked food
Carbonated sweetened drinks
Saturated fats such as:
Check labels at grocery chains as the foods in these stores contain many hidden allergens and processed ingredients, which can cause inflammation.
Also avoid foods containing these ingredients: (FD&C Red No. 40, Tartrazine, or Blue No. 1) and artificial sweeteners (like saccharin, aspartame, or sucralose) all Linked to cancers.
The liquid food supplement ‘Ensure’ and hospital feeding tube formulas all contain high fructose corn syrup. Other harmful ingredients include: corn syrup, corn maltodextrin, sugar (Sucrose), corn oil, sodium & calcium caseinates, soy protein isolate and artificial flavor.
Most cereals contain a lot of these hidden ingredients.
For a healthier alternative to Ensure try: ‘Liquid Hope’ Developed by a Chef, supported by Dietician and Physician. http://functionalformularies.com and see http://healingwithdrcraig.com blog/liquid hope
Another great product: Orgain liquid food supplement can found at Whole Foods Market.
Before buying, check the ingredients in:
yogurts, breads, crackers, cereals, flavored oatmeal, beverages and salad dressings. They all can contain unwanted hidden contaminents.
Frozen Foods contain hidden allergens such as,
High Fructose Corn syrup
Food processing factories use a lot more sugar, salt, oil, and unrecognizable ingredients that you would use to flavor these foods at home.
Salad dressings in restaurants can also contain high fructose corn syrup.
Yellow No. 5 is sometimes added to smoked fish to impart color. To help protect people who are sensitive to Yellow No. 5, FDA’s regulation for Yellow No. 5 states that any food for human use that contains Yellow No. 5 must specifically declare the presence of the color additive by listing it as an ingredient. If Yellow No. 5 is added to smoked fish but is not declared unsafe.
People sensitive to Yellow No. 5 can experience symptoms that can range from mild to moderate severity, nausea, pain, fatigue, hives and joint pain, etc.
Dark-green veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants that stop inflammation. Focus on steaming. Lightly cooking cruciferous vegetables such as, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, etc. Avacados are a great choice, because they are loaded with Indole 3 Carbonol. Great for reducing inflammation. Steaming cruciferous vegetables allows us to break down enzymes easier and absorb nutrients in these foods. It also takes stress off the thyroid gland. Eating too much raw cruciferous vegetables can prevent the thyroid gland from producing important hormones, which regulate dozens of important body functions, including metabolism, and temperature.
Choose Healthy Organic Foods!
Choose oils from:
These foods can help with pain relief, fight bacteria, viruses and keep you healthier.
Olive leaf extract
Grapefruit seed extract
Wild mountain oil of oregano
Apple cider vinegar
Individually, their effectiveness is astonishing.
Pay attention to spicy foods as sometimes garlic, horseradish, habanero are too hot for specific conditions. If you feel better eating them then do so. Your body will let you know.
Make sure they say Certified Organic
Olive oil is a great source of oleic acid, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory oil.
There are plenty of healthy foods that taste good!
According to health and wellness practitioner, Dr. Weil a practitioner of alternative medicine for the past thirty years, suggests an anti-inflammatory food pyramid of:
Certified Organic foods:
Feta and goat cheese
Yogurt with no sugar
Lean meats baked or broiled
String beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, peas, carrots, celery, bok choy, apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, red dates, seeds, such as; sunflower, ground flaxseeds, baked butternut squash, and bone marrow broths made with organic beef bones.
Herbs and spices:
Turmeric ( not for stomach ulcers)
Miso made from organic sources
When in doubt, research and educate yourself on health and prevention! Don’t wait till you get sick or are in severe pain. For more information contact Judy Bloom, http://firstname.lastname@example.org or (408)666-5775.
Read my next blog on, ‘Foods for the Seasons in Chinese Medicine.’