Food as Medicine To Decrease Inflammation
Food is VERY powerful medicine. Studies show that diet can prevent disease, slow the progression of, and even reverse disease. Nutrition is not always the cause of a medical condition, but it always affects the severity of any medical condition. Our body has an inherent ability to heal itself.
You may be eating foods that promote inflammation, and may not be eating foods that decrease inflammation. The following conditions and disease are associated with inflammation which may be improved by diet changes:
– Age Related Macular Degeneration
– Alzheimer’s Disease
– Attention Deficit Disorder
– BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
– Cardiovascular Disease
– DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease)
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Migraine headaches
– Multiple Sclerosis
– Parkison’s Disease
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is rheumatoid arthritis? Inflammation of the joints
What are migraines? Inflammation/dilation of the blood vessels in the head
What is irritable bowel syndrome? Digestive malfunctions due to inflammation of the stomach and bowels
What is multiple sclerosis? Scar tissue damage resulting from inlfammation of the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerves
What is fibromyalgia? Inflammation of the tendons and joints
Think about your chronic health issues. It’s very likely the root cause can be traced to inflammation somewhere in your body. Whether there is visible, external, obvious swelling or not, the inflammatory reactions could be causing the symptoms that are causing you to suffer.
There are a number of anti-inflammatory foods that can be introduced into your diet, as well as supplements, that can improve your well-being. Defining which foods you are sensitive to is paramount. Even if a food is “healthy”, it may not be healthy for you.
The question you have to ask youself is, “Would I change my diet if it changed my quality of life?”. If the answer is yes, then the first step is to schedule your no obligation, 30 minute, complimentary session.
Julie Alles, RDN,LD,CLT
Certified Food Sensitivity Specialist
Integrative and Functional Nutritional Medicine
Specializing in Inflammatory and Gastrointestinal Disease