How Foods Affect Your Body

Choose Healthy Foods to Fight InflammationFoods can and do contribute to inflammation and pain in the body.  Chronic inflammation is linked to various health conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.  Most people know that processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates, red meat and dairy products can contribute to inflammation.

Grass fed red meat is okay in moderation.  Grass fed red meat has more omega-3 fatty acids than grain fed meat so it is a healthier choice.  Dairy products are mucous forming and acid in the body.  Not many people can eat a lot of dairy products without side effects in their body.

Food sensitivities that people may not be aware of can also contribute to inflammation.  Individual responses to foods can vary.  What may trigger inflammation in one person may not affect another in the same way.

Something many people do not know is that chicken can aggravate conditions like arthritis.  People gravitate towards chicken as a healthier meat choice than beef or pork.  While it is leaner, it is also very high in arachidonic acid.  Arachidonic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that plays a significant role in inflammation in the body. Our bodies do need some arachidonic acid, but too much can cause inflammation.

Individual responses to foods can vary. What may trigger inflammation in one person may not affect another in the same way.  Certain foods can potentially cause or contribute to various diseases or health conditions when consumed in excess or by individuals with specific sensitivities or predispositions. It’s important to note that the relationship between food and disease is complex and influenced by factors such as genetics, overall diet, lifestyle, and individual health.

Eating a healthy diet of lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and berries, lean proteins, healthy fats, limiting and avoiding sugar can make a big difference in the level of inflammation in the body.

The “Dirty Dozen” is a list of fruits and vegetables that are commonly found to have higher pesticide residues when grown conventionally.  . To reduce pesticide exposure, some people choose to buy organic versions of these items or wash and peel them thoroughly before consumption.

Here are the dirty dozen:  Strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

IgE blood allergy testing can be a useful tool to learn about unknown food sensitivities.

When you wake up some mornings feeling a little stiffer or achier than normal, think about what you ate the day before and start taking note of any patterns. Sometimes getting a headache a few hours after eating could be from a food sensitivity.  If you suspect a food allergy or sensitivity, try avoiding it for a week or two and notice if you feel better.

Acupuncture can be very beneficial in boosting the immune system and improving digestion to help combat inflammation and food sensitivities.  However, sometimes, certain foods do need to be avoided to feel your best.

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